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Det friska på sjukhuset: En kvalitativ intervjustudie om användares och bibliotekariers syn på patientbibliotek
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The Healthy Part of the Hospital : A Qualitative Interview Study on Users and Librarians’ Views on Patient Libraries (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim for this master’s thesis is to clarify users’ and librarians’ views on patient libraries today. This aim is achieved by answering the following research questions: Which are the most important functions and tasks of the patient library, according to users and librarians? Which views on the patient library’s activity come with these functions and tasks? How does the connection to different cultural institutions, such as the library and the hospital, affect users’ and librarians’ views on the patient library? In what ways is the patient library regarded as an asset for health care? As a background for my study, and to give a context to the results, a historical background on the evolvement of hospital libraries in general, and of the case of S:t Görans patient library in particular, is given. Previous research on the subject of hospital libraries from different perspectives is presented and discussed. Aspects such as the hospital library as a bearer of cultural activity, hospital libraries as information centers and collaboration between library and hospital are discussed. Studies from the field of culture and health, about how cultural activity can improve patients’ health and about how health professionals can benefit from reading fiction, are included in the background of the thesis. The theoretical framework is a sociocultural perspective based on the works of Roger Säljö, with the concept of cultural institutions as a tool to analyze the views on the patient library. The method used is qualitative semistructured interviews with library users and librarians.  One of the tasks and functions that arise from the interview is to make literature available for more people. Another is to be a calm room within the hospital. The conclusion is that the patient library has a strong connection to the public library as well as to the hospital. Users connect the patient library more to the public library, but the function of being a part of the hospital is important too. The librarians connect the patient library strongly to the public library. At the same time, they express loyalty towards the hospital.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 67
Series
Uppsatser inom biblioteks- & informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267 ; 745
Keywords [en]
Hospital libraries -Use studies, Bibliotherapy, Literature – Therapeutic use, Qualitative research
Keywords [sv]
Sjukhusbibliotek, Uppsökande verksamhet (bibliotek), Biblioterapi, Kvalitativ metod
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Information Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-353880Local ID: 745OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-353880DiVA, id: diva2:1219653
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Library and Information Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
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Available from: 2018-06-20 Created: 2018-06-17 Last updated: 2018-06-20Bibliographically approved

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