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Utvecklingen av det digitala folkbiblioteket - När visionerna liknar verkligheten

Carlsson, Maria and Hall, Erik (2006)
Division of ALM
Abstract
As the way of communicating and accessing information has changed radically over the

past decade so has the way the public libraries operate to reach the citizens. In these

times the demands of what a public library should be and offer the visitors have

changed. One should have the option to access the digital public library at any given

hour of the day, from anywhere in the world and at least have the same possibilities of

information as the visitors at the non-digital, "real" library.

In this Master's thesis we will analyze and discuss the condition of the Swedish digital

public library of today, 2006, and the forward thinking work with the issues of

development in this matter. In order to do this we set out to examine the... (More)
As the way of communicating and accessing information has changed radically over the

past decade so has the way the public libraries operate to reach the citizens. In these

times the demands of what a public library should be and offer the visitors have

changed. One should have the option to access the digital public library at any given

hour of the day, from anywhere in the world and at least have the same possibilities of

information as the visitors at the non-digital, "real" library.

In this Master's thesis we will analyze and discuss the condition of the Swedish digital

public library of today, 2006, and the forward thinking work with the issues of

development in this matter. In order to do this we set out to examine the attitude

towards the public digital library among the staff at a small number of Swedish public

libraries and their supporting institution, the county library. Moreover, the attitudes

defined have been compared to the actual status of the services and medias at the public

library websites.

In conclusion, we have detected a certain standardization of what the digital public

library consists of today. All libraries examined have an idea of what the digital public

library should be, which is in line with their visions and their mission statements for the

development. The visions are often very meager, and the issue is rather the absence of

visions than achieving the goals set up by the vision.

The absence of visions can be explained by various causes. The public library is very

much on their own in the development of their digital issues. There are very little

guidelines of what the digital public library should be. The supporting institution, the

county libraries, seems to suffer the same problem. There are however examples of

libraries with great visions and highly developed e-services as a result of competent

staff and good economic resources, but this is mainly concentrated to the larger cities. (Less)
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  abstract     = {As the way of communicating and accessing information has changed radically over the

past decade so has the way the public libraries operate to reach the citizens. In these

times the demands of what a public library should be and offer the visitors have

changed. One should have the option to access the digital public library at any given

hour of the day, from anywhere in the world and at least have the same possibilities of

information as the visitors at the non-digital, "real" library.

In this Master's thesis we will analyze and discuss the condition of the Swedish digital

public library of today, 2006, and the forward thinking work with the issues of

development in this matter. In order to do this we set out to examine the attitude

towards the public digital library among the staff at a small number of Swedish public

libraries and their supporting institution, the county library. Moreover, the attitudes

defined have been compared to the actual status of the services and medias at the public

library websites.

In conclusion, we have detected a certain standardization of what the digital public

library consists of today. All libraries examined have an idea of what the digital public

library should be, which is in line with their visions and their mission statements for the

development. The visions are often very meager, and the issue is rather the absence of

visions than achieving the goals set up by the vision.

The absence of visions can be explained by various causes. The public library is very

much on their own in the development of their digital issues. There are very little

guidelines of what the digital public library should be. The supporting institution, the

county libraries, seems to suffer the same problem. There are however examples of

libraries with great visions and highly developed e-services as a result of competent

staff and good economic resources, but this is mainly concentrated to the larger cities.},
  author       = {Carlsson, Maria and Hall, Erik},
  keyword      = {Det digitala folkbiblioteket,det digitala biblioteket,hybridbibliotek,audioteknik,visioner,MP3,e-tjänster,e-media,The Digital Public Library,The Digital Library,Hybrid Library,Audio Technology,Visions,e-services,Documentation, information, library science, archivistics,Arkiv- och bibliotekskunskap, dokumentation},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Utvecklingen av det digitala folkbiblioteket - När visionerna liknar verkligheten},
  year         = {2006},
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