• Namkje Koudenburg
Speciale, Kandidatuddannelsen
This thesis examines the widely used concept ’meeting places’ in the public library field, including how ‘meeting place’ is used in official Danish municipal library policies. Additionally, this study examines whether there are significant differences between the usage of the concept in policies in rural and urban municipalities. Furthermore, the understanding of the concept amongst the library users at the Gentofte Libraries is examined. The document analysis of a wide array of Danish library policies showed that the concept of ‘meeting place’ contains four dimensions: a social, democratic, bridging and spacial dimension, which has been converted into two framework models, one for respectively rural and urban libraries. Based on the frameworks it can be concluded that a considerable difference between rural and urban library policies is the inclination for the rural libraries policies to focus on assuring a strong attachment to the local community, whereas the urban policies focus on the public challenge of loneliness. The user study showed that the concept of ‘meeting place’ is diverse. Some library users don’t experience the public library as being a meeting place, whilst others use the library for a wide range of meeting purposes, including official and unofficial voluntary associations.
Udgivelsesdato31 jul. 2017
Antal sider77
Udgivende institutionDet Informationsvidenskabelige Akademi, Københavns Universitet