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Change and stability in archives, libraries and museums: mapping professional experiences in Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9196-2106
2016 (English)In: Information research, ISSN 1368-1613, E-ISSN 1368-1613, Vol. 21, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]


One of the most prominent topics of professional and academic archives, libraries and museums related literature revolves around the questions of change and continuity of the institutions. The aim of the study is to find how professionals conceptualise factors that contribute to continuity and change at their institutions.


The analysis is based on a qualitative analysis of 131 open-ended questions included in a Web survey of Swedish professionals conducted in February-March 2011. Analysis. The data were analysed using qualitative content analysis.


Borrowing from Lewin’s field theory and its derivative, force-field analysis, the professional articulations of the strengths and future prospects of their institutions are interpreted in terms of strategic forces that influence change and stability at archives, libraries and museums. The study shows that the forces that impede and catalyse change are overlapping to a significant degree that indicates the possibility of disparate alternative strategy formulations for the institutions.


More focus on defining the ownership of the strategic goals at archives, libraries and museums and defining the operating space and core domains of the organizations is essential for formulating their future strategies.

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2016. Vol. 21, no 1
Keyword [en]
archives, libraries, museums, change, strategies
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-280952OAI: diva2:912353
eRemembrance or eOblivion? International Conference on Society's Memory Functions in the Digital World, University of Tampere, Finland, Tampere 23-24 November, 2015
Available from: 2016-03-16 Created: 2016-03-16 Last updated: 2016-03-17Bibliographically approved

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