Med uppdrag att betvinga tiden : en studie av Kungliga bibliotekets och Uppsala universitetsbiblioteks arbete med specialsamlingar
Sammanfattning: The aim of this master’s thesis is to increase knowledge about how Swedish research libraries work with special collections, in aspects of preservation and user availability. Currently there is no general regulation in Swedish law regarding special collections, which may cause inconsistency in the management of collections. In order to illustrate this problem, and investigate what commission research libraries have when it comes to special collections, the current legislation and other policy documents are being studied. To exemplify how two large research libraries work with their special collections, the National Library of Sweden and Uppsala University Library are being studied through interviews with one special collection librarian from each library. The purpose is to see if there are considerable similarities and differences between the two libraries’ work. To analyze the empirical results in a theoretical context, ideas from institutional theory are being used. The main results of the study show that the two interviewed librarians work in similar ways, and that both stress the importance of seeing the work with special collections in a long-term perspective. They also highlight the importance of practical work, such as cataloguing, for making the collections available now and in the future. The leadership of the libraries, and their strategic and economic priorities, are key for providing enough resources. Also, knowledge and understanding the needs of special collections are crucial in library organizations. The thesis conclusion is that it would be desirable to have a legislation or national plan regarding special collections in research libraries, to make sure that the collections are treated in a proper manner, and preserved for future generations.
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