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Barnens bibliotek: Barn och bibliotekarier tipsar om böcker på Internet
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 thesisAlternative title
Barnens bibliotek : Children and Librarians Recommend Books on the Internet (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this two years master’s thesis in library and information science is to study how children and librarians recommend books through the website Barnens bibliotek. In the scope of this aim it also tries to answer the following questions: What qualities in books do children and librarians respectively emphasize when they write book recommendations? How do they formulate the recommendations? And finally, how do their respective recommendations differ?

To examine these aspects a total of 50 book recommendations were chosen and analysed through an hermeneutic approach. Out of these 50, 30 were written by children and 20 were written by librarians. The recommendations were analysed through Louise Rosenblatt's theoretical framework concerning literary responses combined with Alan C. Purves' och Victoria Rippere's model of literary elements. The theoretical workings of Aidan Chambers were also used for drawing conclusions about how to connect the results of literary responses to everyday library work whether it is in a library or on the Internet.

The main results were that children turn inwards referring to themselves and their personal feelings when communicating a literary experience, while librarians turn outward communicating a literary content. Both parts do seem clearly aware that they are mediating a literary experience to a third part, which of course is expected of the librarians but a bit unexpected in the case of the children. Both parts refer basically to the same qualities when recommending books, even though they do it in different ways. And finally regarding the formula of writing a book recommendation, librarians tend to keep to a set structure of literary responses while children are more likely to mix the set of literary responses. The results also point to how important it is for library workers to understand the readers to better develop collections and programs that adress and respond to reader’s interests.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , p. 61
Series
Uppsatser inom biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267 ; 494
Keywords [en]
Reader-response criticism, Books and reading, Reading promotion, Librarians, Children - Books and reading
Keywords [sv]
Litteraturreception, Litteraturupplevelse, Läsfrämjande verksamhet, Bibliotekarier, Barn och böcker
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Humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-125928Local ID: 494OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-125928DiVA, id: diva2:321406
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Available from: 2010-06-11 Created: 2010-05-31 Last updated: 2010-06-11Bibliographically approved

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