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SMARTA BIBLIOTEK[ARIER] : samspelet mellan IMMS och bibliotekarier på folkbiblioteken i Köpenhamn

Liljegren, Lovisa LU (2021) ABMM54 20211
Division of ALM and Digital Cultures
Abstract
When the public library in Malmö presented the forthcoming implementation of IMMS (Intelligent Material Management System) a debate followed in which both pros and cons were put forth. IMMS, a developed stock management system, introduces new ways for libraries to handle their physical collections. With a joint floating collection, the system introduces an algorithm, batch management and chaotic storage principle to reduce the time staff spend at handling material. The system was first introduced in Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark of which the first mentioned is my field of study. The aim of the study is to create an understanding of what the implementation of IMMS means for librarians. The research questions that are answered are: How does... (More)
When the public library in Malmö presented the forthcoming implementation of IMMS (Intelligent Material Management System) a debate followed in which both pros and cons were put forth. IMMS, a developed stock management system, introduces new ways for libraries to handle their physical collections. With a joint floating collection, the system introduces an algorithm, batch management and chaotic storage principle to reduce the time staff spend at handling material. The system was first introduced in Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark of which the first mentioned is my field of study. The aim of the study is to create an understanding of what the implementation of IMMS means for librarians. The research questions that are answered are: How does the interplay between IMMS and librarian unfold at the public library in Copenhagen? What happens with the ‘librarian practice’ with the implementation of IMMS?

The empirical material consists of interviews with 6 branch librarians, 1 branch assistant and 1 special librarian seated at the main library. Text material in the shape of documents from Lyngsoe Systems, the company behind IMMS, and policy documents for the public library in Copenhagen are also used. With the theoretical lens of actor-network theory the analysis shows that the interplay between librarians and IMMS unfolds through several actors forming their roles in relation to each other. The librarians develop relations to different actors depending on where in the organization they are seated, meaning that IMMS interplays differently with different librarians. With the addition of practice theory, I examine how daily practice acts out at the branch libraries regarding the meaning of the practice, the competencies needed, as well as the materials that are being used. The thesis confirms previous research concerning the librarian’s role to be more focused on service than towards managing a collection. It also shows that when the librarians are working with the collection, they are doing so at scale and not with individual materials. Accordingly, some competencies need to be developed while some are outsourced to the algorithm. (Less)
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author
Liljegren, Lovisa LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
Smart librari/es/ans: the interplay between IMMS and librarians at the public library in Copenhagen
course
ABMM54 20211
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
IMMS, Lyngsoe Systems, collection management, library automation, algorithm, machine learning
language
Swedish
id
9050027
date added to LUP
2021-06-24 22:01:42
date last changed
2021-06-24 22:01:42
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  abstract     = {{When the public library in Malmö presented the forthcoming implementation of IMMS (Intelligent Material Management System) a debate followed in which both pros and cons were put forth. IMMS, a developed stock management system, introduces new ways for libraries to handle their physical collections. With a joint floating collection, the system introduces an algorithm, batch management and chaotic storage principle to reduce the time staff spend at handling material. The system was first introduced in Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark of which the first mentioned is my field of study. The aim of the study is to create an understanding of what the implementation of IMMS means for librarians. The research questions that are answered are: How does the interplay between IMMS and librarian unfold at the public library in Copenhagen? What happens with the ‘librarian practice’ with the implementation of IMMS? 

The empirical material consists of interviews with 6 branch librarians, 1 branch assistant and 1 special librarian seated at the main library. Text material in the shape of documents from Lyngsoe Systems, the company behind IMMS, and policy documents for the public library in Copenhagen are also used. With the theoretical lens of actor-network theory the analysis shows that the interplay between librarians and IMMS unfolds through several actors forming their roles in relation to each other. The librarians develop relations to different actors depending on where in the organization they are seated, meaning that IMMS interplays differently with different librarians. With the addition of practice theory, I examine how daily practice acts out at the branch libraries regarding the meaning of the practice, the competencies needed, as well as the materials that are being used. The thesis confirms previous research concerning the librarian’s role to be more focused on service than towards managing a collection. It also shows that when the librarians are working with the collection, they are doing so at scale and not with individual materials. Accordingly, some competencies need to be developed while some are outsourced to the algorithm.}},
  author       = {{Liljegren, Lovisa}},
  language     = {{swe}},
  note         = {{Student Paper}},
  title        = {{SMARTA BIBLIOTEK[ARIER] : samspelet mellan IMMS och bibliotekarier på folkbiblioteken i Köpenhamn}},
  year         = {{2021}},
}