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Ideal och praktik: En fallstudie av ungdomsbiblioteket PUNKTmedis i relation till bibliotekslagen
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Ideals and Practice : A case study of the youth library PUNKTmedis in relation to the Swedish Library Act (English)
Abstract [en]

This two-year master thesis aims to examine how the Swedish Library Act affects the youth library PUNKTmedis and its librarians. Through a case study and by using a socio-cultural and a norm critical perspective, the study discusses three main questions: 1. How do the librarians view the new law and how do they apply its new directives at PUNKTmedis? 2. Have they made any changes to the planning and execution of reading promotion activities since the law came into force? What activities are there currently in the library and how are they considered to promote reading? How does the library work with a broader literary concept and a broader view of what reading is? 3. How do the librarians at PUNKTmedis work with the assignment to give special attention to children and young people to promote their reading, with their specific focus on girls who already read, especially since research and reports all too often lifts boys' reading as waning? How deeply rooted is the librarians’ commitment?

The study finds that the effect the Library Act has on PUNKTmedis is that it inspires the work of the librarians, due to formulations such as a “broader literacy concept” and the ability to work with different formats regarding the media in the library. The library offers many different reading promotional activities due to this. But the library has not really changed their way work since the new law was enforced, which might be because they are a youth library and don’t need to be as traditional as a regular public library. In addition to that, the librarians feel that the law is rather weak.

Regarding to how the librarians at PUNKTmedis work with the assignment to promote reading, the study finds that the librarians try to work towards the individual, but by having a profile towards girls who already like to read, they make them visible in contrast to the boy norm. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 77 p.
Uppsatser inom biblioteks- & informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267 ; 657
Keyword [en]
Public libraries, youth, library legislation, case study.
Keyword [sv]
Folkbibliotek, ungdomsbibliotek, bibliotek – juridik och lagstiftning, fallstudier.
National Category
Information Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-253707Local ID: 657OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-253707DiVA: diva2:815705
Subject / course
Library and Information Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Available from: 2015-06-22 Created: 2015-06-01 Last updated: 2015-06-22Bibliographically approved

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