Academic librarians' varying experiences of archives: a phenomenographic study

Wakimoto, Diana K., and Bruce, Christine S. (2014) Academic librarians' varying experiences of archives: a phenomenographic study. 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.

Item ID: 55412
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0099-1333
Keywords: archives; phenomenography; HERN; academic librarians
Copyright Information: Published Version: Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Accepted Version: © 2014. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2018 04:51
FoR Codes: 08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080706 Librarianship @ 100%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8903 Information Services > 890302 Library and Archival Services @ 100%
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