• Maja Bjerre Guld
Speciale, Kandidatuddannelsen
This master thesis studies a project under development called Maltfabrikken, located in Ebeltoft. The public library, Ebeltoft Bibliotek, will be partnering up with a local history museum. This close partnership will be located in a transformed malt factory, which also will house several other partners, such as creative entrepreneurs, innovators and small local businesses.

The point of departure is an interest in what is going on in Ebeltoft, and how the identity of the public library is affected by the new partnerships and participation in a new culture centre. The purpose is to connect the current case with the present trends in library research. The empirical basis consists of relevant documents, which deal with either the public library or the Maltfabrikken project. Furthermore an interview with head of library and the deputy manager of Syddjurs Bibliotek is subjoined as empirical evidence.

The analytical approach is to illustrate the presence of numerous trends in relation to Maltfabrikken. Connecting the documents and the interview with several theoretical views on the development of libraries will highlight this. The theories included are liquid modernity, the self understanding of librarians, institutional logic, urban cultural planning, instrumental and expressive logic, identity and legitimation, and legitimation as a performance. The analysis consists of five central themes: Partnerships, Identity, Librarians, Expectations and Legitimisation. I find the following central statements: The identity of the public library is dynamic, The library of the future is specialised, The library is using culture as legitimation, The library is creating value in cities and communes, and The library profession is challenged.

I conclude that the library identity is affected by the Malt identity and the identity of the museum, which will highlight the characteristics of the specific library identity. In collaboration with different partners the library functions will be more visible, in relation to different characteristics of the collaborators. I find that the identity of the public library is dynamic and adapting to both the changing expectations of the user and the development of the society. Furthermore the identity can be seen as being specialised, as the library enters into partnerships, include specific services and adapts to the local area. The reason for this adaption is to find new ways of legitimising the public library for now and tomorrow. The organizational structures and the partnerships create a complexity in constructing the library identity. Furthermore the instrumental expectations and the new ways of legitimizing the library create a difficult balance between an unambiguous identity and a contemporary legitimacy.

Udgivelsesdatoaug. 2017
Antal sider72


  • Folkebiblioteker, Partnerskaber, Identitet, Legitimitet, Kulturel byudvikling, Kulturpolitik