Mia Høj Mathiasson

Mia Høj Mathiasson

Research assistant

Current research

Project Title: Programs in Public Libraries: History, Development and Terminology

Start date: 15.02.2017

Supervisor: Henrik Jochumsen and Camilla Elisabeth Moring

Part of the research group Archives, Libraries and Museums


My PhD project is a research based investigation of the history, development and terminology of public library programs in Denmark from the 1960s until today. In my research, I ask; What is a public library program? What is the history behind this type of library work? And how have the programs offered by public libraries in Denmark developed since the 1960s?

Programs in public libraries is an underdeveloped and under research area of study. Furthermore, this phenomenon is an important part of the Danish cultural history since the programs reflect the role of the public libraries through different periods. Public library programs exist between the library collections and the connections they foster. As such, they constitute an intriguing analytical object for answering questions about the role and function of the public library.

The aim of this PhD project is to contribute to a qualified conception of public library programs as an area of study and as a part of the cultural history. Thus, the project seek to provide new tools and concepts for researching, assessing and debating this phenomenon in the future.


This PhD project is a part of the international research project The ALM-Field, Digitalization, and the Public Spherehttps://almpub.wordpress.com/about/


Research Interests:

  • Public libraries
  • Programming activities
  • Grounded Theory
  • Categorization and terminology
  • ALM institutions

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