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Det mångspråkiga skolbiblioteket: En viktig fråga i teorin men en icke-fråga i praktiken?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The Multilingual School Library. : An Important Question in Theory, but not in Reality? (English)
Abstract [en]

While almost 23 percent of the students in the Swedish upper secondary school are foreigners, only a fraction of the school libraries’ collections consists of literature written in other languages than Swedish or English. This study examines how five school librarians experience the task of working with literature composed in foreign languages in the multicultural and multilingual school of today. The results of the qualitative interviews are analyzed in relation to the legislation and policy documents that the school libraries are working by, and also in relation to the theoretical framework of sociocultural theory and the theories on second language acquisition developed by linguist Jim Cummins.

The study shows that while multilingualism is discussed as an important matter in the legislation and policy documents that the school libraries work by, the librarians in this study largely view the question of foreign literature as peripheral. Most part of the librarians connects first language reading to leisure-time activities rather than curricular activities, and stresses that the Swedish language should be prioritized in Swedish schools. The paper is a two years master’s thesis in Archive, Library and Museum studies. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 59 p.
Uppsatser inom biblioteks- & informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267 ; 618
Keyword [en]
School libraries, Literature in libraries, Library legislation, Second language acquisition, Libraries and immigrants
Keyword [sv]
Skolbibliotek – Sverige, Litteratur, Bibliotek – juridik och lagstiftning – Sverige, Andraspråksinlärning, Biblioteksservice för invandrare.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-218607Local ID: 618OAI: diva2:696169
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Library and Information Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Available from: 2014-02-13 Created: 2014-02-13 Last updated: 2014-02-13Bibliographically approved

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