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Monitoring, browsing and being aware - Keeping abreast and staying updated with professional information in Swedish regional libraries
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8636-9241
2021 (English)In: Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, ISSN 0961-0006, E-ISSN 1741-6477Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

A substantial part of the work conducted by librarians at Swedish regional libraries concerns staying alert and informed in ways that allow for continuous development of the kind of knowledge and abilities that are required for doing a qualified job, but this part of the work is elusive and hard to identify. This paper presents an empirical study that elucidates this specific kind of work of keeping abreast and updated with professional information. Empirical data were produced through interviews and logbooks with 10 members of staff at 4 regional libraries in Sweden. The data were analysed by employing Marcia Bates' model of different information-seeking modes. The results of the study show that the activity in focus is seamlessly intertwined with other work activities and enacted in a variety of ways that are adapted after other work tasks (than the information seeking in itself) and dependent on individual preferences and routines. Since there is a certain conception of this activity as something that should be carried out in a certain systematic way and since it is something that one as a librarian ought to be good at, it is furthermore often associated with a normative dimension that provokes a sense of guilt among the study participants.

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Sage Publications, 2021.
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Regional libraries, Scandinavia, environmental scanning, information seeking, SEEKING, ACCOUNTS, MODEL
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Information Studies
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Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-26658DOI: 10.1177/09610006211042925ISI: 000700071100001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85114300859OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-26658DiVA, id: diva2:1601608
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