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Adekvat kompetens i skolbiblioteket: En diskursteoretisk textanalys av offentliga diskussioner om bemanning av grundskolans bibliotek
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Adequate Competence in the School Library : A Discourse Theoretical Text Analysis of Public Discussions about Staffing in Primary School Libraries (English)
Abstract [en]

The overall aim of this thesis is to examine which discourses can be identified in recent public discussions about staffing and competence requirements in Primary School Libraries. The thesis also aims to find out how the discourses thus identified relate to a previous debate that arose in the 1970s. One further aim is to provide a basis for reflections on how the professional librarian’s competence, as typically acquired through Library Studies, relates to the perceptions of the competence requirements identified in the discourses. The theoretical and methodological starting-point is discourse analysis, specifically discourse theory stemming from Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe. A selection of their theoretical concepts are applied in a text analysis of empirical material consisting mainly of consultation responses to three governmental reports, journal articles and newspaper articles. The results of the analysis reveal that the closer perceptions of the competence requirements differ. Three discourses are identified in the contemporary texts; Today’s School Discourse, emphasizing pedagogically-oriented competencies, Today’s Library Discourse, emphasizing competencies in promoting pupils’ love of reading, and The Discourse on the Competence Team, emphasizing that competencies of several professional groups are required. In the older texts, The 1970s’ School Discourse, The 1970s’ Library Discourse and The Complementary Discourse are identified. As a whole, the analysis exposes that the professional librarian’s competence appear as more relevant today than in the previous debate. However, in the conclusion I argue that the professional librarian needs additional knowledge in certain areas in order to meet the competence requirements of the discourses. This is a two years master’s thesis in Archive, Library and Museum studies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 90 p.
Uppsatser inom biblioteks- & informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267 ; 687
Keyword [en]
Core competencies, Discourse analysis, School libraries, School librarians
Keyword [sv]
diskursanalys, kompetens, skolbibliotek, skolbibliotekarier
National Category
Information Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-295383Local ID: 687OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-295383DiVA: diva2:933542
Subject / course
Library and Information Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Available from: 2016-06-07 Created: 2016-06-06 Last updated: 2016-06-07Bibliographically approved

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