• Maria Do Carmo Lohse
  • Maria Ostenfeld Pedersen
6. sem, Bachelor i Biblioteks- og informationsvidenskab
This paper examines various different aspects of the concept of partly staff-less libraries, which has spread rapidly in the public libraries of Denmark over the past few years. It is concluded that this concept can be seen within the frame of the knowledge and customer society, and the concept’s emergence is also due to the structural reform of 2007.
The paper contributes with new knowledge from three interviewees and 138 respondents to the questionnaire, all of whom are librarians at the partly staff-less libraries.
On the basis of the empirical studies it is concluded that there have been changes in the work tasks and that there are now more office-related and practical tasks. It is demonstrated that 78% of the respondents are generally positive towards the open library. With Paul DiMaggio and Walter Powell’s theory of institutional isomorphism as a framework it is furthermore concluded, that the coercive isomorphism can be seen as an incentive in all cases where public libraries are established as open libraries. In some cases though, the mimetic- and/or normative isomorphism can simultaneously be seen as an incentive, since the institutions want to legitimize themselves. Furthermore it is concluded that the institution of the public library can promote the democratic ideal by being available, and act as a meeting-place for all parts of society. The paper reaches the conclusion that the furniture and interior decoration of the open library plays an important role in creating opportunities for using the room as a place to hang out and as a meeting-place. The traditional role of the librarian is also discussed in relation to the open library, and it is concluded that the librarian’s skills are still very useful in the society today.
Udgivelsesdato24 maj 2012
Antal sider136
Udgivende institutionDet Informationsvidenskabelige Akademi, København


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