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Tool lending librarianship
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9448-7985
2016 (English)In: Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, ISSN 0961-0006, E-ISSN 1741-6477, Vol. Sept, no 5Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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.

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2016. Vol. Sept, no 5
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enablement, non-traditional collections, provision, reference, tool lending librarianship, tool lending libraries
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Information Studies
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Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-11168DOI: 10.1177/0961000616666627OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-11168DiVA: diva2:1049423
Available from: 2016-11-24 Created: 2016-11-24 Last updated: 2016-11-24Bibliographically approved

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