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Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Past and Present : Changes in the role of librarians (English)
Abstract [en]

In this Bachelor thesis, we examine how the work of the librarian has changed over the past three decades. The research questions focus on the changes in librarians´ roles and working tasks regarding factors like technique, meetings between librarians and visitors and also how to give service to visitors.

We have conducted interviews with librarians at university libraries as well as public libraries. In all, there were four interviews. We have also compared the two types of libraries.

We have looked closely at these factors: the tasks of the librarians, the skills needed, how the library has been used as a democratic arena, and what kinds of meetings there are among librarians and users of the library. From these themes we have created interview questions, and our analysis is structured according to the themes.

We have worked from a theory on different kinds of identities within the profession. This theory is based on the works of Trine Schreiber and Anders Ørom who both are researchers in the discipline.

Our conclusion, based on the interviews and also on previous research, is that earlier identified identities can be completed also with a role/identity that can be linked to a need of educating visitors, and a role/identity that regards marketing, i.e. to inform people about the library, its services and activities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 27 p.
Keyword [en]
librarians, public library, research library, identities
Keyword [sv]
identiteter, bibliotekarier, folkbibliotek, forskningsbibliotek.
National Category
Information Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-35125OAI: diva2:724981
Educational program
Library and information science, 180 credits
Available from: 2014-08-11 Created: 2014-06-13 Last updated: 2014-08-11Bibliographically approved

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