Skolbibliotekets relation till skolorganisationen – sett utifrån ett nyinstitutionellt perspektiv
Sammanfattning: The aim of the thesis is to investigate, from a new institutional theoretical perspective, within which organizational field school libraries are situated through teachers, principals and school librarians’ view of the school library. In year 2010 there was a new Education Act in which, for the first time in Sweden, students’ right to have access to a school library is mandatory. Earlier this was only mentioned in the Library Act. Since 2010 school library exists in both the Education Act and the Library Act. Located in two different acts, positioned between two different political areas, could mean a new possibility for the school library. My method is semi-structured interviews with three principals, three teachers and four school librarians. The interview questions are divided into two different themes, their understanding and view of media and information literacy and the school library’s position in the school organization. Media and information literacy is a term introduced by UNESCO. UNESCO focuses on teachers and a curriculum for them. Information-literate teachers open up for information-literate students and eventually to society at large. Media and information literacy is a term that exists in the world of both school and libraries and in which the school libraries easily can play a significant role. My thesis is based upon new institutional theory, specifically the analytical tools organization fields, connectedness and isomorphism. There are three kinds of isomorphism: coercive, mimetic and normative. Both the public library and compulsory school are old institutions with inherited structures and institutionalization. Both school and public library, in this thesis, have the municipalities as principal, but they are different organizations with different institutional structure and organizational field. An organization field is defined as organizations that constitute a recognized area of institutional life. Conclusions from the interviews are that the schools and the school libraries in the thesis share organization field. There is also connectedness and institutional isomorphism between the school organization and school library organization.
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