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Tradition och kreativitet: Programverksamhet för barn och unga
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2009 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Tradition and Creativity : Cultural Programs for Children and Youth (English)
Abstract [en]

This master thesis aims to explore how librarians work with cultural programs towards children and youth. The study is based on qualitative interviews with five librarians on three different libraries, located in the same county. The theoretical outline is based on a model that presents four roles for the public libraries: cultural centre, knowledge centre, information centre and social centre, which are interconnected with each other. The aim is to study what kind of cultural programs that the researched libraries offer, with the assistance of these roles. The aim is also to see how the librarians problematize different age groups. The study shows that most of the cultural programs, not surprisingly, can fit in to the role as cultural centre, with programs like story-time, performances of theater and music and different kinds of creative workshops. It also shows that the programs to some extent can function as a knowledge centre with science clubs and help with homework. The librarians state that one of the purposes with cultural programs – except for presenting and inspiring to cultural activities for children – is to show that the library is a place that you can visit without a mission. This statement shows that the cultural programs also help to visualize the role as social centre. One of the hardest age groups to reach are older teenagers. The librarians have different approaches to tackle this problem. Some of them think that they do not have to reach out to every single age group, especially if the group does not seem to enjoy the library service at that time of their lives. Other librarians do not think that it is appropriate to let go of some age groups. The study shows that, regardless of attitude, the libraries do not have that much cultural programs to attract this age group, most of the programs are for children in pre-school up to junior high. There is of high importance that the librarians get to know the visitors, i.e. the children and youths, to get them involved in the library activities and to make them feel at home in the library, which all of the librarians in this study are aware of, and work hard with. What they do not do is to evaluate the cultural programs. Evaluation of the work is a key to both success and to sustain it, and should be something that the librarians do more often. The conclusion is that cultural programs are very valuable and highly appreciated, both for the participants and for the librarians. The cultural programs connect the different roles of the library to each other, and can therefore be seen as a nave for the public libraries connection to the society.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsatser inom biblioteks- & informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267 ; 464
Keyword [en]
Public libraries--Activity programs, Libraries--Cultural programs, Libraries and teenagers
Keyword [sv]
Allmänkulturell verksamhet, folkbibliotek - Sverige, barn- och ungdomsår
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-167088OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-167088DiVA: diva2:480978
Subject / course
Library and Information Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-01-20 Created: 2012-01-20 Last updated: 2013-08-26Bibliographically approved

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