Inget bibliotek är en ö: Verksamhetsansvarigas syn på folkbibliotekens samverkan med externa aktörer i mångkulturella områden
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
No Library Is an Island : Branch Managers’ View of Collaboration between the Public Library and External Partners in Multicultural Areas (English)
Previous research has shown that by collaborating with others and creating partnerships in the local community, the library can become more relevant for both current and potential users. It has also been established that collaboration can be of even greater importance for libraries in multicultural areas. Pooling resources in the community, where the population has largely varied backgrounds, is a way to better meet the diverse needs of the citizen. The aim of this two year master’s thesis, in Library and Information Science, is therefor to explore library branch managers’ view of collaboration between the public library and external partners in the local area. Further, the aim is also to examine whether an intercultural perspective is present or not. To achieve these aims it was necessary to conduct qualitative interviews with branch managers, focusing on three multicultural suburbs of Stockholm, Sweden: Fisksätra, Flemingsberg and Jordbro.
In line with previous research, the empirical material revealed that although the circumstances are complex, it is of great interest to collaborate with others. The branch managers all stress the importance of cooperating with partners outside the library. However, it was also possible to identify some mixed views in terms of who to collaborate with, and how the collaboration should be performed. By analyzing the differing views it was possible to create three different categories: Category 1: stability - reflection, category 2: security - flexibility and category 3: spontaneity - creativity. In conclusion it can be said, that in order to fully meet the needs and expectations of the community, the library should make the effort to open up their facilities as well as expanding their contact with different partners according to the views expressed by the branch managers. For this to be successful, documentation and precise strategies or guidelines are needed, as well as extensive support from management.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 88 p.
Uppsatser inom biblioteks- & informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267 ; 569
Public Library, Collaboration, Interculture, (Local) Community, Branch Managers, Qualitative Research
Folkbibliotek, samverkan, interkultur, lokalsamhälle, verksamhetsansvariga, kvalitativa undersökningar
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-175390Local ID: 569OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-175390DiVA: diva2:532101
Subject / course
Library and Information Science
Master Programme in ALM