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UTVECKLING OCH KONTINUITET: En nyinstitutionell fallstudie av ett danskt folkbibliotek i förändring

Aquilonius, Elisabeth and Jonsson, David (2006)
Division of ALM
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Title: Development and continuity: A new institutional case study of a Danish public library in change

Abstract: The purpose of this master's thesis is to discuss and analyse the relationship between the traditional core values belonging to the institution of the public library, and the development work that takes place at the institution. The thesis also investigates the relationships that influence the development work.

By investigating a library that is considered progressive in its development work, our purpose is also to unveil alternative values that compete with the traditional core values. By illustrating the perception among seven staff members and the director at Aarhus Public Libraries, we want to illuminate the terms for... (More)
Title: Development and continuity: A new institutional case study of a Danish public library in change

Abstract: The purpose of this master's thesis is to discuss and analyse the relationship between the traditional core values belonging to the institution of the public library, and the development work that takes place at the institution. The thesis also investigates the relationships that influence the development work.

By investigating a library that is considered progressive in its development work, our purpose is also to unveil alternative values that compete with the traditional core values. By illustrating the perception among seven staff members and the director at Aarhus Public Libraries, we want to illuminate the terms for development among public libraries. In addition to our interviews, an activity plan is studied.

We base our study on new institutional theory which focuses on norms and values in an organisation. This focus helps us to understand the development work from a comprehensive view.

Our study shows that the development work at Aarhus Public Libraries is taking place in a complex environment that consists of several different actors and different interpretations

of the traditional core values of public libraries. Most of the development work at Aarhus is still based on traditional values and ways of acting. We nevertheless see examples

when their development work actually evolve or change the traditional values of public libraries.

At Aarhus Public Libraries there is evidently an obvious intention to develop the library and change the general notion of what a public library is. We believe this, together with awareness and understanding of organisational work, activity plans and methods for decision making are of great importance for development and success for pub liclibraries. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Title: Development and continuity: A new institutional case study of a Danish public library in change

Abstract: The purpose of this master's thesis is to discuss and analyse the relationship between the traditional core values belonging to the institution of the public library, and the development work that takes place at the institution. The thesis also investigates the relationships that influence the development work.

By investigating a library that is considered progressive in its development work, our purpose is also to unveil alternative values that compete with the traditional core values. By illustrating the perception among seven staff members and the director at Aarhus Public Libraries, we want to illuminate the terms for development among public libraries. In addition to our interviews, an activity plan is studied.

We base our study on new institutional theory which focuses on norms and values in an organisation. This focus helps us to understand the development work from a comprehensive view.

Our study shows that the development work at Aarhus Public Libraries is taking place in a complex environment that consists of several different actors and different interpretations

of the traditional core values of public libraries. Most of the development work at Aarhus is still based on traditional values and ways of acting. We nevertheless see examples

when their development work actually evolve or change the traditional values of public libraries.

At Aarhus Public Libraries there is evidently an obvious intention to develop the library and change the general notion of what a public library is. We believe this, together with awareness and understanding of organisational work, activity plans and methods for decision making are of great importance for development and success for pub liclibraries.},
  author       = {Aquilonius, Elisabeth and Jonsson, David},
  keyword      = {bibliotekens roll,nyinstitutionell organisationsteori,folkbibliotek,förändring,biblioteksutveckling,Århus,Humanities,Humaniora,Documentation, information, library science, archivistics,Arkiv- och bibliotekskunskap, dokumentation,Social sciences,Samhällsvetenskaper},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {UTVECKLING OCH KONTINUITET: En nyinstitutionell fallstudie av ett danskt folkbibliotek i förändring},
  year         = {2006},
}