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“Vi kan inte hjälpa till med allt” Folkbiblioteksanställdas uppdrag och arbete i teori och praktik
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
“We can't help them with everything.” Public library workers' assignments and work in theory and practice (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of my bachelor thesis is to create an understanding of how public library employees express the public libraries´ assignments and tasks. To help fulfill the purpose, I have assumed the following issues

• What do the study's public library employees think that the public library's mission in society should or should not be?

• To what extent does the study's public library staff perform daily tasks that are described as being outside the remit of the public libraries?

• According to the study´s public library staff, how clear are the public libraries´ guidelines when it comes to which tasks the staff should perform and which ones to say no to?

• Are there any differences between how public library staff's existing service titles look at the public libraries' assignments and tasks? If so, what do these differences look like?

The method I have used is quantitative as I sent out a web survey to all main libraries in Sweden's 290 municipalities. The results were analyzed using previous research and the Four spaces model, which through its four spaces can help to analyze how the library activities work. The result shows that respondents in the web survey want tasks such as information and knowledge mediation, democracy and reading promotion to be included in the assignment. On the other hand, they think that tasks such as data printing, banking affairs and public affairs do not belong to the assignment. According to the respondents, the guidelines regarding which tasks the employees should say no to are unclear.

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2019.
Keywords [sv]
Biblioteksanställda, folkbibliotek, uppdrag, arbetsuppgifter, utmaningar, styrdokument, The four spaces
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Information Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-21104OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-21104DiVA, id: diva2:1318920
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Library and Information Science
Available from: 2019-06-12 Created: 2019-05-29 Last updated: 2019-06-12Bibliographically approved

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