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Youth participation at district libraries : a qualitative content analysis of librarians’ statements

  • Kassel Lundby, Jovanna
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2019
DiVA - Academic Archive On-line
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The purpose of this thesis is to examine how librarians who work with young people as their main target group view youth participation in public libraries, in particular inactivities directed to young people. Earlier studies find that young people appreciate libraries, but they also see libraries as more relevant for younger children and not so much for themselves. The research questions are: How do librarians experience working with participation in relation to young people as a target group? What efforts are being made to increase the participation of young people at district libraries? How does communication between librarians and young people work? The empirical material was collected by semistructured interviews with public librarians who work with young people as their main target group. The interviews were analysed using qualitative content analysis together with Roger Hart’s ‘Ladder of children’s participation’, which was modified to better fit the purpose of this thesis. The results show the willingness of librarians to develop youth participation, but also the difficulties of identifying young people’s expectations of the library.

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