Public libraries, as an infrastructure for a sustainable public sphere: A systematic review of research: A preliminary paper.

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This paper is based on a systematic literature search aiming at identifying research on the role of libraries as institutions underpinning a sustainable public sphere in a digital age. The major research questions are: 1. Is systematic literature search a fruitful method when it comes to a social scientific/cultural scientific undertakings such as the ALMPUB research project? 2. How does
research approach libraries as public sphere institutions? Which topics are dealt with? What about theoretical approaches and what about empirical research versus theoretical contributions and position papers? Some of the major findings are: Research on libraries as public sphere institutions cover a wide range of topics the dominating being freedom of access to information, often related to social inclusion, empowerment and justice. Contributions are often normative and non-empirical, but the proportion of empirically based research is increasing. This paper focuses on contributions related to public libraries.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date23 Aug 2017
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2017
Eventnccpr 2017: 8th Nordic Conference on Cultural Policy Research - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 23 Aug 201725 Aug 2017
Conference number: 8


Conferencenccpr 2017
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