Academic librarians' varying experiences of archives : a phenomenographic study

Wakimoto, Diana K. & Bruce, Christine S. (2014) Academic librarians' varying experiences of archives : a phenomenographic study. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40(5), pp. 452-459.

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This article reports on a study investigating academic librarians' varying experiences of archives in order to promote understanding and communication among librarians and archivists. A qualitative, phenomenographic approach was adopted for the study. Three different ways of experiencing archives were identified from analysis of interviews. Archives may be experienced by academic librarians as 1) a place which protects collections; 2) resources to be used in accomplishing tasks such as teaching, research, or outreach; or 3) manifestations of politics. The third way of experiencing archives is the most complex, incorporating both the other experiences. The results of this study may help librarians, especially academic librarians, and archivists communicate more clearly on joint projects involving archival collections thereby enabling more collaboration.

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ID Code: 74733
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Archives, Phenomenography, HERN, Academic librarians
DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2014.06.007
ISSN: 0099-1333
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Elsevier Inc.
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in The Journal of Academic Librarianship. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in The Journal of Academic Librarianship, [Volume 40, Issue 5, (2014)] DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2014.06.007
Deposited On: 05 Aug 2014 23:02
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2015 17:53

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