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Public libraries digital services and sustainability issues
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT. (BiKuSa)
2015 (English)In: Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances, ISSN 0888-045X, Vol. 28, no 1/2, 34-43 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Sustainable development
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Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to study how Swedish local politicians perceive the impact of public library digital services on public libraries and to discuss how this can affect the sustainable development of public libraries.

Design/methodology/approach – Empirical data were collected through semi-structured interviews with local politicians from 19 different Swedish municipalities. Data were treated to qualitative content analysis and discussed based on the concept of sustainable organization.

Findings – According to local politicians, public library digital services may affect public libraries through changes to libraries’ physical spaces, librarians’ tasks and competencies and libraries’ economic situations. Based on these findings, public library digital services can both strengthen and weaken public library sustainability through, for example, increased access and expenditures, the latter of which may threaten public library sustainability.

Research limitations/implications – Interviews did not focus specifically on the politicians’ views on public library digital services but dealt generally with their views on public libraries. To identify reasons for variations in views on this topic, follow-up interviews should be done. Data on views from public library managers would also be of use to determine the degree to which they are shared with local politicians.

Originality/value – When sustainability and public libraries are discussed, the focus is generally on the library’s contribution to a sustainable society. Here, the focus is instead on the sustainability of the public library itself.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 28, no 1/2, 34-43 p.
Keyword [en]
Sustainability, Public libraries, Digital library, Library development, Local politicians
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Social Sciences
Research subject
Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-5424DOI: 10.1108/BL-12-2014-0034OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-5424DiVA: diva2:885554
Available from: 2015-12-18 Created: 2015-12-18 Last updated: 2015-12-18

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