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Framtidens barnbibliotek - Verksamhet och visioner

Ulmius, Pernilla and Pahlmblad, Helena (2005)
Division of ALM and Digital Cultures
Abstract
The aim of this Master's thesis is to examine the theories and visions of five futuristic projects at children's libraries in Sweden and Denmark to investigate if these projects have approaches that are significantly different from today's best practices of the libraries and the current theories behind the children's sections.

More specific questions are also asked:

Are the projects taking advantage of the children's perspective or is it the adult vision of children's needs that is governing?

Are the projects promoting collaborations with other actors, thereby facilitating a future development of the children's library by others than librarians?

The comparisons reveal that new methods and tools are beeing developed, while the... (More)
The aim of this Master's thesis is to examine the theories and visions of five futuristic projects at children's libraries in Sweden and Denmark to investigate if these projects have approaches that are significantly different from today's best practices of the libraries and the current theories behind the children's sections.

More specific questions are also asked:

Are the projects taking advantage of the children's perspective or is it the adult vision of children's needs that is governing?

Are the projects promoting collaborations with other actors, thereby facilitating a future development of the children's library by others than librarians?

The comparisons reveal that new methods and tools are beeing developed, while the traditional ambitions and views on children and children's needs are essentially unchanged. The role of the library as a social room and meeting place has increased, while its role as a place for finding and transferring information has been challenged by Internet and home computers. The library can still compete as a public place offering relevant contents and assistance by attentive, well-educated adults.

In conclusion, the futuristic projects are expected to promote greater variations between children's libraries, by presenting literature, media and information in many different and more innovative ways. Such greater diversity and multiplicity would allow the libraries to market themselves with a clearer message in order to compete with other (commercial) activities for children. (Less)
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  abstract     = {The aim of this Master's thesis is to examine the theories and visions of five futuristic projects at children's libraries in Sweden and Denmark to investigate if these projects have approaches that are significantly different from today's best practices of the libraries and the current theories behind the children's sections.

More specific questions are also asked:

Are the projects taking advantage of the children's perspective or is it the adult vision of children's needs that is governing?

Are the projects promoting collaborations with other actors, thereby facilitating a future development of the children's library by others than librarians?

The comparisons reveal that new methods and tools are beeing developed, while the traditional ambitions and views on children and children's needs are essentially unchanged. The role of the library as a social room and meeting place has increased, while its role as a place for finding and transferring information has been challenged by Internet and home computers. The library can still compete as a public place offering relevant contents and assistance by attentive, well-educated adults.

In conclusion, the futuristic projects are expected to promote greater variations between children's libraries, by presenting literature, media and information in many different and more innovative ways. Such greater diversity and multiplicity would allow the libraries to market themselves with a clearer message in order to compete with other (commercial) activities for children.},
  author       = {Ulmius, Pernilla and Pahlmblad, Helena},
  keyword      = {Barnbibliotek,Sverige,Danmark,Barnbibliotek - Sverige,barnkultur,barnverksamhet,barn och böcker,children's libraries,children's library service,Humanities,Humaniora,Documentation, information, library science, archivistics,Arkiv- och bibliotekskunskap, dokumentation},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Framtidens barnbibliotek - Verksamhet och visioner},
  year         = {2005},
}