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A bridge between people: Librarians' perspective on a Chinesepublic library
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
En bro mellan människor : Bibliotekariers syn på ett kinesisktfolkbibliotek (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This Bachelor’s thesis is the result of participation in a minorfield study at Hangzhou Public Library in China. The functionand role of the public library and its librarians are discussedthrough the views and perspectives of the librarians. Sevenlibrarians were interviewed using a semi-structured interviewguide. The results were analyzed with the help of The four-spacesmodel, which was developed to advocate and strengthen the roleof the public library and culture as a sustainable and socialdevelopment. The results are also of interest as there is a lack ofnon-western perspectives in Swedish LIS research and education.The results reveal varied uses of the library in terms of thefour spaces model. Hangzhou public library is similar in manyways to the Swedish and the Anglo-Scandinavian library sector.However, there are also distinct differences, for instance there isgreater emphasis on the librarian’s role as tutor and on the libraryas an educational institution. The informants expressed mixedfeelings towards the future. On the one hand, they believe that therole of the traditional librarian will continue. On the other hand,this belief clashes somewhat with their belief that the publiclibrary will become more of a performative and inspirationalspace. In general, it can be said that the librarians’ views of theirrole and of the functions of the public library are complex and, insome cases, in collision with each other.

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Kandidatuppsats i biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap vid Institutionen Bibliotekshögskolan, 2015:14
Keyword [sv]
synsätt, folkbibliotek, bibliotekarieroll, Kina, MFS.
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Information Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-494OAI: diva2:840611
Subject / course
Library and Information Science
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2015-07-14 Created: 2015-07-08 Last updated: 2015-07-14Bibliographically approved

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