• Mette Martinsen
Speciale, Kandidatuddannelsen

This thesis examines the role of today’s librarian and how they inspire and motivate children to read and stay reading. It also explores why reading is regarded as valuable and investigates activities related to readers’ advisory, and how these activities successfully motivate children to read.
The investigation is primarily based on the librarian’s work. Specifically, this is explored through interviews with three librarians, and observations of literary activities at two public libraries in Denmark. The thesis combines the collected information with recent studies of the change of children’s reading habits, while drawing on existing literature on communication strategies, theories of reading, and libraries activities related to readers’ advisory.
Children’s consumption of culture and media has been transformed by the introduction of digital devices and services. This has also influenced children’s reading behavior. The thesis discusses the current and future role of the children´s librarian in this new context for reading and finds that adults must act as role models as readers, but also take interest in children’s digital life.
The thesis indicates that librarian’s advisory for readers should strike a balance between empowerment and experience rationales: the ideal role of the librarian in, promoting literature to children, is professional in terms of knowledge of literature as well as personal and passionate in their approach to children, with a prevailing focus on the user.
Finally, the thesis finds that reading is as important as ever: It is an important part of developing individuality, fantasy and empathy. However, adults are required to actively help children develop a health reading culture, which affords librarians an immense potential to make a social contribution by promoting children's motivation for reading.
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  • Litteraturformidling., Læselyst, Børns læsning