Libraries and Identity

Libraries and Identity

The Role of Institutional Self-Image and Identity in the Emergence of New Types of Libraries

1st Edition - April 7, 2010

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  • Author: Joacim Hansson
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780630335
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843345411

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Libraries and Identity summarizes the role of institutional identity in the emergence of new types of libraries such as joint-use libraries and digital libraries. Professional and institutional identity has shown to be one of the most problematic, yet overlooked issues to deal with when traditional libraries such as public libraries and academic libraries develop into new shapes. The author clearly outlines the importance of identity in making change and innovation in libraries understandable. Based on original research the book comprehensively explores the role of identity as a trigger for change and development in libraries.

Key Features

  • Based on original research which has already attracted international claim
  • Focuses on aspects of library development which are mostly overlooked
  • Focus on the change from traditional library types such as public and academic libraries to new ones such as joint use libraries and digital libraries


Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science

Table of Contents

  • The institutional identity of libraries – a theoretical framework; Traditional libraries and traditional librarians; New libraries and new librarians? Libraries (and society) go digital; Libraries, identity and change; Coda.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 126
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2010
  • Published: April 7, 2010
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780630335
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843345411

About the Author

Joacim Hansson

Dr Joacim Hansson is Senior Lecturer at the department of Library and Information Science at the School of Humanities, Växjö University, Sweden. He has published extensively both in Swedish and internationally. Libraries and Identity is his fifth book.

Affiliations and Expertise

Växjö University, Sweden

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