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Studiecirkelbibliotek i bolagssocken: En undersökning av ABF- och IOGT-biblioteken i Nyhems socken i Jämtland under åren 1941–1947
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis elucidates a small part of the library history of the popular education movement in Sweden. The intention is to contribute to the knowledge about study circle libraries in a forest parish in the county of Jämtland, a subject which has not been studied to any great extent. The study circle library was a library type unique to Sweden, sponsored by government subsidy. Three study circle libraries that existed in the forest parish of Nyhem in eastern Jämtland are studied in depth: One library is connected to The Swedish Worker’s Educational Association (ABF) and two libraries are connected to IOGT, the largest branch of the temperance movement. The source material consists of the study circle libraries annual reports for the years 1941–1947. A quantitative method is used to process the mainly statistical material and a qualitative method is used to analyse the result. The theoretical point of departure are the educational ideas of the popular education movement, which stated that culture should be available to all, literature supplied by the libraries should be of good quality by distinguished authors and the subject matters preferred were books that related to the working class, its history and local conditions.

Together the three libraries provided library service throughout the parish of Nyhem for both adults and children. Fiction was the most popular genre in total. The most popular authors were the local author Per Nilsson-Tannér who wrote fiction, non-fiction and books for children mainly about issues related to the county of Jämtland, Swedish author Sigge Stark writer of love stories and Jack London American author recommended by leading ideologists in the popular education movement. The results of this study are in accordance with previous research regarding Jack London, fiction as the most popular genre and that books related to local history and conditions were preferred.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 67 p.
Uppsatser inom biblioteks- & informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267 ; 615
Keyword [sv]
Bibliotekshistoria, folkrörelsebibliotek, studiecirkelbibliotek, Jämtland
National Category
Information Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-237108Local ID: 615OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-237108DiVA: diva2:766384
Subject / course
Library and Information Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Available from: 2014-12-05 Created: 2014-11-26 Last updated: 2014-12-05Bibliographically approved

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