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The public library user and the charter tourist: two travellers, one analogy
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
2013 (English)In: Information research, ISSN 1368-1613, E-ISSN 1368-1613, Vol. 18, no 3Article in journal (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Introduction. A new theoretical model, relevant to library and information science, is implemented in this paper. The aim of this study is to contribute to the theoretical concepts of library and information science by introducing an ethnological model developed for investigating charter tourist styles thereby increasing our knowledge of users' approaches to public libraries. Method. This is an empirically grounded study. One hundred and eighty-two library visitors were interviewed at Swedish public libraries during 2011. Analysis. Both quantitative and qualitative content analysis were used in the treatment of the empirical data. Results. The paper is divided into three parts. The first part introduces the ethnological model. The second part presents the application of the model on the empirical data. The third part identifies possible research questions concerning public library user approaches. Conclusions. This study shows that it is fruitful to apply a travel analogy for mapping user approaches to public libraries. Five public library user approaches are identified. The application can be used as a tool in order to discuss priorities in public library activities.

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University of Sheffield: Department of Information Studies , 2013. Vol. 18, no 3
Keyword [en]
public libraries, user studies
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Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-1751ISI: 000329310400013Local ID: 2320/13203OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-1751DiVA: diva2:869820
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It is included in the proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Conceptions of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen, Denmark, 19-22 August, 2013Available from: 2015-11-13 Created: 2015-11-13

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