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Vad sägs om Kungliga biblioteket?: Inkludering och exkludering av användare i dokument publicerade av KB
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
What about the Royal Library? : the Inclusion and Exclusion of Users in Documents Published by the Royal Library (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this two-year master’s thesis is to examine what kind of users the Royal Library of Sweden invites and what kind of users the Royal Library of Sweden excludes, both as a national library and as a humanistic research library. I will study documents published by the Royal Library between 1984 and 2011, in which the Royal Library’s users are implied, implicitly or explicitly. I will analyze tendencies in the documents in relation to a national or a humanistic discourse. Questions posed are: What characterizes the two discourses within the Royal Library field and what kind of library user characteristics are implied within the two discourses? Which subject positions are allowed to rearticulate the discursive formation? Lastly, I will examine how users are divided into groups in the Royal Library communication strategy plan that was formulated in 2010.

The theoretical and methodological starting-point is Chantal Mouffe’s and Ernesto Laclau’s discourse theory. Most of the documents examined are part of the book series Acta Bibliothecae regiae Stockholmiensis, but also exhibition catalogues, the recent authority brochure (2009), the recent communication strategy plan (2010) and the Royal Library homepage (as it appears 2011) are examined.

The discourse analysis reveals a general focus on tradition and history in such a way that a prominent and distinguished guest is reproduced and welcomed, while the public is very little talked about. When the public does appear, it is often in relation to what is presented as problems and hinders for the institution. The definition of a national identity based on a common history, culture and language also excludes individuals, as well as the traditional definition of humanism excludes certain fields of studies. How the Royal Library is talked about has social consequences, one of these may very well be that individuals and groups of people that aren’t articulated as part of the institution, won’t visit or feel compelled to use the material that the Royal Library holds. The fact that the Royal Library is articulated as an objective and complete institution, also postpones more critical discussions of what a national library and a humanistic research library is supposed to be. These discussions are necessary if the Royal Library is to become the modern institution that the Royal Library communication plan prescribes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 63 p.
Uppsatser inom biblioteks- & informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267 ; 521
Keyword [en]
National Libraries, Academic Libraries, Library Users, Discourse Analysis, Library and Information Science
Keyword [sv]
Nationalbibliotek, vetenskapliga bibliotek, biblioteksanvändare, diskursanalys, biblioteks- och informationsve-tenskap
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-154458Local ID: 521OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-154458DiVA: diva2:420549
Subject / course
Library and Information Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2011-06-13 Created: 2011-06-01 Last updated: 2011-06-13Bibliographically approved

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