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Bibliotekarier och forskare i samspel : Fallstudier på ett företag och ett universitet

Andersson, Hanna and Nilsson, Ann-Sofie (2001)
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Abstract
Librarians like to think that libraries contribute substantially to the progress of research. However, libraries still seem to have serious problems getting integrated in their parent organization on equal terms with other parts of that organization. The degree of integration of the library is thus the main topic of this thesis and the purpose is to examine how the interaction between librarians and scientists is formed and can be developed. That issue leads to concrete questions concerning what part librarians play in the scientists work and which factors influence the cooperation or lack of cooperation. We have chosen, for reasons of comparison, to make two case studies; one is a branch of a university library and the other is a library... (More)
Librarians like to think that libraries contribute substantially to the progress of research. However, libraries still seem to have serious problems getting integrated in their parent organization on equal terms with other parts of that organization. The degree of integration of the library is thus the main topic of this thesis and the purpose is to examine how the interaction between librarians and scientists is formed and can be developed. That issue leads to concrete questions concerning what part librarians play in the scientists work and which factors influence the cooperation or lack of cooperation. We have chosen, for reasons of comparison, to make two case studies; one is a branch of a university library and the other is a library in a large pharmaceutical company. Both libraries are working in an advanced scientific environment and both had been struggling for a better platform of cooperation with research staff and fair acknowledgement from the parent organization. We found, among other things, that there is a great difference regarding integration within the two types of organizations. The library and the librarians in the pharmaceutical company are rather well integrated in the different research teams and are welcomed by the researchers. That is considered to have a very positive effect on the librarians as well as the research staff, whereas the degree of integration is almost equal to zero between the branch of the university library and the university departments. Among the positive effects of integration that we found, we would like to draw attention to the fact that time was saved on behalf of the researchers when librarians could identify a problem at an early stage in the research process. There was also a great degree of job satisfaction expressed by the librarians. The librarians in the university library on the other hand, expressed frustration because of the low degree of integration with research and research programs. Researchers and librarians seemed to work and operate in different and parallel spheres. Whether the difference between a commercial and an academic environment as to the degree of integration is a constitutional one or one that can be changed is difficult to say without further research. However, there are strong indications that integration is more difficult to achieve in a purely academic institution. The study shows that there is much to gain from an integrated way of working. (Less)
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author
Andersson, Hanna and Nilsson, Ann-Sofie
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
företagsbibliotek, högskolebibliotek, informationsförsörjning, Documentation, information, library science, archivistics, Arkiv- och bibliotekskunskap, dokumentation
language
Swedish
id
1334008
date added to LUP
2001-01-19
date last changed
2014-04-11 14:17:02
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  abstract     = {Librarians like to think that libraries contribute substantially to the progress of research. However, libraries still seem to have serious problems getting integrated in their parent organization on equal terms with other parts of that organization. The degree of integration of the library is thus the main topic of this thesis and the purpose is to examine how the interaction between librarians and scientists is formed and can be developed. That issue leads to concrete questions concerning what part librarians play in the scientists work and which factors influence the cooperation or lack of cooperation. We have chosen, for reasons of comparison, to make two case studies; one is a branch of a university library and the other is a library in a large pharmaceutical company. Both libraries are working in an advanced scientific environment and both had been struggling for a better platform of cooperation with research staff and fair acknowledgement from the parent organization. We found, among other things, that there is a great difference regarding integration within the two types of organizations. The library and the librarians in the pharmaceutical company are rather well integrated in the different research teams and are welcomed by the researchers. That is considered to have a very positive effect on the librarians as well as the research staff, whereas the degree of integration is almost equal to zero between the branch of the university library and the university departments. Among the positive effects of integration that we found, we would like to draw attention to the fact that time was saved on behalf of the researchers when librarians could identify a problem at an early stage in the research process. There was also a great degree of job satisfaction expressed by the librarians. The librarians in the university library on the other hand, expressed frustration because of the low degree of integration with research and research programs. Researchers and librarians seemed to work and operate in different and parallel spheres. Whether the difference between a commercial and an academic environment as to the degree of integration is a constitutional one or one that can be changed is difficult to say without further research. However, there are strong indications that integration is more difficult to achieve in a purely academic institution. The study shows that there is much to gain from an integrated way of working.},
  author       = {Andersson, Hanna and Nilsson, Ann-Sofie},
  keyword      = {företagsbibliotek,högskolebibliotek,informationsförsörjning,Documentation, information, library science, archivistics,Arkiv- och bibliotekskunskap, dokumentation},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Bibliotekarier och forskare i samspel : Fallstudier på ett företag och ett universitet},
  year         = {2001},
}