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Kontextuell identitet : en studie i formandet av bibliotekariens professionella identitet genom tjänsten Boka en bibliotekarie

Nilsson, Jennifer LU (2017) ABMM54 20171
Division of ALM and Digital Cultures
Abstract
This thesis focuses on the librarian’s professional identity and how this is formed. The purpose of this study is, more specifically, to discover how the professional identity of the research librarians is constructed, and which professional identity positions are avaliable during Book a librarian-meetings at Lund university. By doing this I want to establish an understanding for what Book a librarian is an expression of when it comes to librarianship as a profession, and also contribute to the understanding of what context means to identity.

The research questions regard how librarians in the study are defining their professional identity, which professional identities are formed during the conversation with, and in the relation to,... (More)
This thesis focuses on the librarian’s professional identity and how this is formed. The purpose of this study is, more specifically, to discover how the professional identity of the research librarians is constructed, and which professional identity positions are avaliable during Book a librarian-meetings at Lund university. By doing this I want to establish an understanding for what Book a librarian is an expression of when it comes to librarianship as a profession, and also contribute to the understanding of what context means to identity.

The research questions regard how librarians in the study are defining their professional identity, which professional identities are formed during the conversation with, and in the relation to, the user and finally how the librarian’s own image of the professional identity relates to the one seen in the empirical material. This material has been obtained by observations of the service Book a librarian and interviews with librarians and users attending the meetings. Positioning theory, along with a theoretical model by Thomas Brante, has been applied to the empirical material.

The results show, in summary, that all librarians participating in the study sees the professional identity of a librarian conducting the service as one with close connection to the librarian’s abilities. More specifically, the abilities connected to technical skills, regarding information seeking and information retrieval, and also social skills.

The professional identities formed during the meeting with the user, shown through positions given and taken, are the ones as the information seeking expert and the advisor. The librarian is also given the position of the material provider and the expert in knowledge within a specific discipline. The identities regarding expertise information seeking and advisory are well in line with the librarians image of the professional identity of librarians conducting the service. (Less)
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author
Nilsson, Jennifer LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
Contextual Identity : a study in the forming of the librarian’s professional identity through the service Book a librarian
course
ABMM54 20171
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
ABM, ALM, library- and information studies, information science, research librarians, Lund university, Book a librarian, reference service, image of the librarian, professional identity, forming of identity, positioning theory, Thomas Brante
language
Swedish
id
8910364
date added to LUP
2017-06-16 13:04:30
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2017-06-16 13:04:30
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  abstract     = {This thesis focuses on the librarian’s professional identity and how this is formed. The purpose of this study is, more specifically, to discover how the professional identity of the research librarians is constructed, and which professional identity positions are avaliable during Book a librarian-meetings at Lund university. By doing this I want to establish an understanding for what Book a librarian is an expression of when it comes to librarianship as a profession, and also contribute to the understanding of what context means to identity. 

The research questions regard how librarians in the study are defining their professional identity, which professional identities are formed during the conversation with, and in the relation to, the user and finally how the librarian’s own image of the professional identity relates to the one seen in the empirical material. This material has been obtained by observations of the service Book a librarian and interviews with librarians and users attending the meetings. Positioning theory, along with a theoretical model by Thomas Brante, has been applied to the empirical material.

The results show, in summary, that all librarians participating in the study sees the professional identity of a librarian conducting the service as one with close connection to the librarian’s abilities. More specifically, the abilities connected to technical skills, regarding information seeking and information retrieval, and also social skills. 

The professional identities formed during the meeting with the user, shown through positions given and taken, are the ones as the information seeking expert and the advisor. The librarian is also given the position of the material provider and the expert in knowledge within a specific discipline. The identities regarding expertise information seeking and advisory are well in line with the librarians image of the professional identity of librarians conducting the service.},
  author       = {Nilsson, Jennifer},
  keyword      = {ABM,ALM,library- and information studies,information science,research librarians,Lund university,Book a librarian,reference service,image of the librarian,professional identity,forming of identity,positioning theory,Thomas Brante},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Kontextuell identitet : en studie i formandet av bibliotekariens professionella identitet genom tjänsten Boka en bibliotekarie},
  year         = {2017},
}