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Using an infrastructure perspective to conceptualise the visibility of school libraries in Sweden
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT. (Informationspraktiker)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8208-1497
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9228-9179
2019 (English)In: Information research, ISSN 1368-1613, E-ISSN 1368-1613, Vol. 24, no 3Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction. An emerging research area within the social sciences is infrastructure studies. This article conceptualises school libraries as an infrastructure among others, allowing for a fresh look at the role of the school library. We review and discuss what constitutes the school library as an important infrastructure at a school site.

Method. Empirical data drawn from a qualitative interview study, including qualitative observations of Swedish school libraries was analysed using the concept of infrastructure.

Analysis. The analysis was conducted with the support of a model including structures and arrangements of infrastructures.

Results. A central objective of school library practices is to make the library more visible as one of the infrastructures of a school site. Different aspects of school library infrastructure can work for and against visibility.

Conclusions. By conceptualising school libraries as an important infrastructure among others at school sites, it was possible to develop a deeper understanding of school library practices and visibility. Findings from this study contribute to the research on school libraries as contested functions within the context of schools.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. Vol. 24, no 3
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Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-22182OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-22182DiVA, id: diva2:1377355
Available from: 2019-12-11 Created: 2019-12-11 Last updated: 2019-12-27Bibliographically approved

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