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Tool lending librarianship
Högskolan i Borås, Akademin för bibliotek, information, pedagogik och IT.ORCID-id: 0000-0002-9448-7985
2018 (engelsk)Inngår i: Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, ISSN 0961-0006, E-ISSN 1741-6477, Vol. 50, nr 4, s. 374-385Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the work of tool lending libraries from the perspective of staff and decision makers. It addresses what role serving community members with tools plays, and what this in turn means for the professional role of library work. The study builds on semi-structured interviews with tool lending specialists and managers from three US municipalities. Participants are found to perceive their library and their work as something of practical, local and immediate relevance. Compared to traditional library work, participants perceive their setting to require patrons and staff to be more directly and actively social. Several participants stress the importance of staff being experienced tool users themselves, leading the article to conclude with a discussion on reference competence.

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
2018. Vol. 50, nr 4, s. 374-385
Emneord [en]
enablement, non-traditional collections, provision, reference, tool lending librarianship, tool lending libraries
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Biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-11168DOI: 10.1177/0961000616666627OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-11168DiVA, id: diva2:1049423
Tilgjengelig fra: 2016-11-24 Laget: 2016-11-24 Sist oppdatert: 2018-09-26bibliografisk kontrollert
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1. Borrowing and lending tools: The materiality of x-lending libraries
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>Borrowing and lending tools: The materiality of x-lending libraries
2018 (engelsk)Doktoravhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [en]

Libraries lend an expanding array of items: bikes, clothes, seeds, and tools, to name a few. In correspondence with this development, the library as concept is increasingly connected with current sharing trends. At the same time, the library is expected to still be about books, literature, and reading, to deal in information and documents. The library is regarded as a well-established and predictable institution of integrity. These intriguing dynamics of responsiveness and stability provide the inspiration for this work.

The thesis presents a case study of tool lending libraries. The aim is to explore what is introduced here as x-lending libraries: the idea of libraries based on the types of materials borrowed and lent. Findings show that patrons, staff, and managers experience their tool lending library as immediately and locally relevant to their community, rather than related to long-term global concerns. In their experience, the tool lending library is also decidedly different from other libraries. Seemingly, what is borrowed and lent is important to understanding the role different libraries play in their communities. In other words, material matters.

The work concludes with proposing a theoretical concept for how different values involved in library borrowing and lending can be understood, again in the community context.

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Högskolan i Borås, 2018
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Skrifter från Valfrid, ISSN 1103-6990 ; 64
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urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-13871 (URN)978-91-981653-6-4 (ISBN)978-91-981653-7-1 (ISBN)
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2018-06-05, C203, Allégatan 1, Borås, 13:00
Tilgjengelig fra: 2018-05-14 Laget: 2018-03-23 Sist oppdatert: 2018-05-15bibliografisk kontrollert

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