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Folkbibliotek, internet och offentligheten studie av folkbibliotekens användning av internet och annan nyteknik ur ett offentlighetsperspektiv: Libraries, the Internet and the Public Sphere: a Study of Library use of the Internet and other newTechnologies from a Public Sphere Perspective.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2009 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper examines the use of internet and other new technologies by Swedish public librariesfrom a public sphere perspective as well as the discussion surrounding this use by libraries,librarians and others. The theoretical framework is thus the habermasian theories about the publicsphere and communicative action. The public sphere strengthening use of internet and other newtechnologies would be use consistent with the ideas of community informatics and library 2.0.With an interpretative, qualitative method this paper examines public libraries web pages andtheir blogs but also other kinds on internet material not created by libraries but by librarians orothers which discuss the use of new technologies in libraries. Those sources consist of more blogs,communities and wikis.The findings are that library use of the internet and other new technologies mostly benefit theaccessibility of the libraries “old” services as well as making them more visible to the users. Theyare also used to provide other kinds of local information and helping users to use computers andthe internet. A new portal, biblioteket.se, provides the users with many options for interacting witheach other but few other library pages provide much services of that kind. The overall use of newtechnologies by libraries is high as shown by that several, even rather small, libraries use blogs,RSS and SMS to provide their users with information about current events in the library and otherlocal information. The discussion surrounding these new phenomena is mostly positive, that ismost agree that the libraries should use new technologies in a user centered way. The term “library2.0” however is not very popular and is causing problems and misunderstandings and some peoplesuggest changing it to something else. The paper also finds that there are not only very activediscussions about the topics but also new projects, web pages and library systems on their way.

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Uppsatser inom biblioteks- & informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267 ; 480
Keyword [en]
Information technology, Internet, Public libraries, Habermas, Jurgen
National Category
Information Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-120896Local ID: 480OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-120896DiVA: diva2:304115
Subject / course
Library and Information Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2010-03-17 Created: 2010-03-17 Last updated: 2016-04-20Bibliographically approved

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