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Övergången från SAB till Dewey i forskningsbibliotekssverige: En organisationsförändring ur de anställdas perspektiv
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesisAlternative title
The Changeover from SAB to Dewey in Research Library Sweden : An Organizational Change from the Viewpoint of the Employees (English)
Abstract [en]

In November 2008 the National Library of Sweden decided to switch classification system from SAB to Dewey decimal classification. SAB had then been the main classification system in the whole of the Swedish library field for 87 years. Included into the decision was not just the national bibliography but also the research libraries of Sweden. This decision was in alignment with a West European tendency to change in favor of the internationally well-spread classification system Dewey in order to co-operate more in the cataloguing process. The purpose of this study taken place in the autumn and winter of 2013 is to examine how librarians involved in the transition feel about what different ways the implementation has affected the research library organizations. We also aim to study the librarians’ view on the involvement of the research libraries into the decision of the changeover. In order to do so we apply a theory on organizational change by Nadler and Tushman (1990, p. 80) that deals with two different dichotomies appropriate to our study; strategic versus incremental change and reactive in opposition to anticipatory change. When these dimensions come together into a typology we can describe change as tuning, adaption, re-orientation or re-creation. The method we are using is semi qualitative interviews with four informants respectively from two Swedish research libraries. Our findings are that the transition to Dewey merely meant change as tuning; an incremental and anticipatory transition. No larger organizational change took place according to our informants.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of Borås/Swedish School of Library and Information Science (SSLIS) , 2014.
Series
Kandidatuppsats ; 2013:45
Keywords [en]
Klassifikationssystem, Dewey decimalklassifikation, Organisationsteori
Keywords [sv]
Forskningsbibliotek, Förändringsteori, Organisationsförändring, Semistrukturerade intervjuer, Sverige
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-17633Local ID: 2320/13516OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-17633DiVA, id: diva2:1309542
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Program: BibliotekarieAvailable from: 2019-04-30 Created: 2019-04-30

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