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”Det spelar ingen roll om de letar efter Nalle Puh eller Hitler”: Barnbibliotekariers syn på och hantering av medier som innehåller ämnen med en kontroversiell karaktär.
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
2009 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesisAlternative title
“It doesn’t matter if they are looking for Winnie the Pooh or Hitler” : Children’s librarians’ view and management of media that contain topics with a controversial nature. (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study has been to find out children’s librarians’ views on and management of media that contains topics with a controversial nature and also to find out how this affects the public library as a democratic institution. We have conducted the study by interviewing six children’s librarians. By using Vestheim’s terms value rationality and instrumental rationality, we have been categorizing the answers from our informants and thus identified two different points of view. Our study shows that topics that the children’s librarians consider controversial among themselves and their users are: racism, discrimination of women, violence, sex, drugs, the use of language, stereotypical gender descriptions, pee and poo, Christmas and religion. Our informants also point out that it is the description of the topic in question that is most important. Our informants generally manage media with controversial topics by showing an open attitude towards the media and by not doing anything at all, but sometimes they replace it, remove it or choose not to purchase it at all. Controversies with the users are not common and if they do occur it is often adults who criticize media that they consider inappropriate for children and teenagers. Our informants mean that it is of most importance to listen to children’s and teenagers’ opinions, and they also point out that no topic is off limits on their public library. This shows that the public library can function as an important democratic arena for the children and teenagers in our society.

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University of Borås/Swedish School of Library and Information Science (SSLIS) , 2009.
Series
Magisteruppsats i biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap vid institutionen Biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1654-0247 ; 2009:45
Keywords [en]
barnbibliotekarie, kontrovers, censur, neutralitet, demokrati
Keywords [sv]
medieutbud, folkbibliotek, åsiktsfrihet
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-19495Local ID: 2320/5199OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-19495DiVA, id: diva2:1311429
Available from: 2019-04-30 Created: 2019-04-30

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