Understanding the participatory library through a grounded theory study

Nguyen, Linh Cuong, Partridge, Helen L., & Edwards, Sylvia L. (2012) Understanding the participatory library through a grounded theory study. In Chang, Shanju L & Fulton, Crystal (Eds.) Proceedings of ASIS&T 2012, Richard B. Hill, Baltimore, MD, pp. 1-9.

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Lankes and Silverstein (2006) introduced the “participatory library” and suggested that the nature and form of the library should be explored. In the last several years, some attempts have been made in order to develop contemporary library models that are often known as Library 2.0. However, little research has been based on empirical data and such models have had a strong focus on technical aspects but less focus on participation. The research presented in this paper fills this gap. A grounded theory approach was adopted for this study. Six librarians were involved in in-depth individual interviews. As a preliminary result, five main factors of the participatory library emerged including technological, human, educational, social-economic, and environmental. Five factors influencing the participation in libraries were also identified: finance, technology, education, awareness, and policy. The study’s findings provide a fresh perspective on contemporary library and create a basis for further studies on this area.

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ID Code: 57574
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Participatory library, Library 2.0, Social media, Web 2.0, Library users, Grounded theory
ISBN: 0877155447
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright © 2012 by American Society for Information Science and Technology.
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Deposited On: 24 Feb 2013 23:13
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