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Documentality and legitimacy in future libraries: an analytical framework for initiated speculation
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0576-036X
2015 (English)In: New Library World, ISSN 0307-4803, E-ISSN 1758-6909, Vol. 116, no 1/2, p. 4-14Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this article is to contribute to a discussion about the future of librarianship.

Design/methodology/approach – An analytical framework is used to discuss the future of libraries. The framework is based on current trends in contemporary librarianship and is used as a way of structuring predictions about the future of librarianship. Special attention is given to public libraries and academic libraries.

Findings – Libraries are seen moving from a traditional situation with a high degree of constitutive documentality and internal legitimacy with collections in focus to one with a high degree of performative documentality and external legitimacy, with adjustment to user needs as the prime goal. This development is related to the emergence of New Public Management and can be seen both in public and academic libraries. It is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

Originality/value – The analytical framework and concepts used are originally developed for this text and prove to be valuable tools in fulfilling the purpose of the article. It represents a new and original way of discussing the future of libraries.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2015. Vol. 116, no 1/2, p. 4-14
Keywords [en]
Legitimacy, New public management, Future of libraries, Document theory, Documentality, Library studies
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Information Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-39020DOI: 10.1108/NLW-05-2014-0046ISI: 000213444200002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84921836153OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-39020DiVA, id: diva2:779658
Available from: 2015-01-13 Created: 2015-01-13 Last updated: 2018-05-17Bibliographically approved

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