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Bemötande sett ur sex bibliotekariers perspektiv.: Möjligheter och förutsättningar för personal och verksamhet att arbeta med bemötandefrågor på bibliotek.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2010 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Abstract

Attitudes towards the reference situation and the meetings between library users and librarians have become the subject of much debate in the library setting today. The aim of this two years master´s thesis has been to examine six librarian’s attitudes and apprehensions concerning the interactions between the librarian and the users in the library setting. We were also interested in knowing how a library can work to become more service oriented and customer centred. We conducted six interviews with librarians located at three different libraries in Sweden. We used three theories to explain our aim. These are Jürgen Habermas theory of social communication, theory about professions and Christian Grönroos theory of Service Management.

We found that our informants both see the physical meeting with the library and the social exchanges with the librarians as important parts of the user’s experience of the library.

The three libraries that we visited work in different ways to improve their customer service. One library has developed a policy for concrete ways to improve the social exchange with the library user. Another library is working with a policy and the third library handle attitude questions more implicit in the daily work and in a specialised group. We could see that the informants who worked at the library which had a policy and an under-standing of the importance of customer service as a central part of the organisation regarded those questions as being very important. Some informants could not see how customer service could get improved in another way than just discussing these issues in groups, meetings or in connection to seminars.

The changing of attitudes of members of the staff can be complicated however because it, at some level, is about individual changes. We believe that a person has to be motivated to make these changes. To improve this motivation the organisation has to create opportunities for the staff to critically reflect upon their working situa-tion. In that way we believe that the staff can experience security and motivation to do a good job which then has a positive impact on the customer service provided. The acknowledgement of the importance of customer service within an organization has to engage everybody and the whole organisation at all its levels.

We think that customer service in the library setting will become more important in the future as a response to the technical evolution and all the automated elements in our society. The importance of actual meetings in-crease as our society increasingly communicates via digital means.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , p. 119
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Uppsatser inom Biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267 ; 490
Keywords [en]
Interpersonal relations, Public libraries, Social interaction, Attitude change, Service industries-Quality control, Communication-social aspects: interpersonal communication
Keywords [sv]
Bemötande, folkbibliotek, service management, tjänstekvalitet, kommunikationssociologi
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-125771Local ID: 490OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-125771DiVA, id: diva2:321029
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Available from: 2010-06-11 Created: 2010-05-28 Last updated: 2010-06-11Bibliographically approved

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