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Mangabiblioteket i Hiroshima - En plats för läsning

Humble, Annelie LU (2012) ABMM43 20121
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Abstract
In this master’s thesis I examine the Hiroshima City Manga Library to learn more about public libraries in other cultures and manga in a library environment. The purpose of the study is to investigate the Manga Library as place and the organization of information and the users in that place. The Manga Library was chosen because it is unique - the only public comic's library in Japan. I also have a personal interest in manga, anime, Japanese culture and public libraries. The following questions are used to study these areas: How does the library function as place? What do the library users do in this place? How is the information organized in the library room? To answer the questions I used ethnography as method - observations, interviews... (More)
In this master’s thesis I examine the Hiroshima City Manga Library to learn more about public libraries in other cultures and manga in a library environment. The purpose of the study is to investigate the Manga Library as place and the organization of information and the users in that place. The Manga Library was chosen because it is unique - the only public comic's library in Japan. I also have a personal interest in manga, anime, Japanese culture and public libraries. The following questions are used to study these areas: How does the library function as place? What do the library users do in this place? How is the information organized in the library room? To answer the questions I used ethnography as method - observations, interviews and photography, and theories about the library as place.

The result and analysis of the study shows that the Manga Library is built as a place for reading in peace and quiet because of the environment both in and outside the library, from the windows and the carpets inside to the park outside. Even if the Manga Library has "everyone" as their target group, men are the main group of users. Men often stay and read manga at the library whereas women tend to borrow and read at home, which can be connected to Ray Oldenburg and his theories about the third place and men. The organization of the collection in the library is mostly based on manga writers, which can be related to the high status comic authors have in Japan and that the readers often have a close relationship to the authors. The study of the Hiroshima City Manga Library connects three exiting subject areas; public libraries, manga and Japanese culture. (Less)
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author
Humble, Annelie LU
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organization
course
ABMM43 20121
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
gender, public library, comics, manga library, kultur, etnografi, biblioteket som plats, kunskapsorganisation, genus, Hiroshima, Japan, folkbibliotek, serier, serietek, Mangabibliotek, manga, organization, classification, library as place, ethnography, culture, biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap, Library and information science, ABM, ALM
language
Swedish
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2798335
date added to LUP
2012-06-26 14:17:10
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2014-04-11 14:16:26
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  abstract     = {In this master’s thesis I examine the Hiroshima City Manga Library to learn more about public libraries in other cultures and manga in a library environment. The purpose of the study is to investigate the Manga Library as place and the organization of information and the users in that place. The Manga Library was chosen because it is unique - the only public comic's library in Japan. I also have a personal interest in manga, anime, Japanese culture and public libraries. The following questions are used to study these areas: How does the library function as place? What do the library users do in this place? How is the information organized in the library room? To answer the questions I used ethnography as method - observations, interviews and photography, and theories about the library as place. 

The result and analysis of the study shows that the Manga Library is built as a place for reading in peace and quiet because of the environment both in and outside the library, from the windows and the carpets inside to the park outside. Even if the Manga Library has "everyone" as their target group, men are the main group of users. Men often stay and read manga at the library whereas women tend to borrow and read at home, which can be connected to Ray Oldenburg and his theories about the third place and men. The organization of the collection in the library is mostly based on manga writers, which can be related to the high status comic authors have in Japan and that the readers often have a close relationship to the authors. The study of the Hiroshima City Manga Library connects three exiting subject areas; public libraries, manga and Japanese culture.},
  author       = {Humble, Annelie},
  keyword      = {gender,public library,comics,manga library,kultur,etnografi,biblioteket som plats,kunskapsorganisation,genus,Hiroshima,Japan,folkbibliotek,serier,serietek,Mangabibliotek,manga,organization,classification,library as place,ethnography,culture,biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap,Library and information science,ABM,ALM},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Mangabiblioteket i Hiroshima - En plats för läsning},
  year         = {2012},
}