Nordic Journal of Library and Information Studies 2021-06-15T13:53:38+02:00 Fredrik Hanell Open Journal Systems <p>Nordic Journal of Library and Information Studies, NJLIS, is a scholarly peer reviewed open access journal, covering scientific issues and current trends in Library and Information Studies. Nordic Journal of Library and Information Studies publishes Nordic and international peer reviewed LIS articles and reviews of significant LIS literature.</p> Folkebibliotekets digitale tilbud under koronakrisen 2021-03-17T15:38:21+01:00 Roswitha Skare <p>The Covid-19 pandemic caused a lockdown of public libraries’ buildings in Norway in March 2020 as was the case in almost every other European country. This article investigates the situation for the public library in Tromsø in the period from 12 March 2020 and towards a gradual reopening of the library building to the public in April the same year. The lockdown of the physical library building led to an increased use of digital resources, and the library continued its presence on social media platforms informing their users about those. The article focuses first on digital resources offered by the library before it investigates the libraries posting on Facebook during the first month of lockdown in Norway.</p> 2021-06-15T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Roswitha Skare Samfunnsoppdrag under press 2021-03-18T15:32:31+01:00 Sunniva Evjen Terje Colbjørnsen Idunn Bøyum Kim Tallerås Heidi Kristin Olsen <p>As the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world and Norway in 2020, libraries were among the institutions that were impacted. The social mission of libraries to stay open and offer services, cultural experiences and reliable information was put under pressure. In this article we depart from a survey of 843 library workers across public, academic, special, and school libraries in Norway. The survey was conducted in June-August 2020 and contains quantitative and qualitative data on how library workers experienced lockdown and the responses from libraries. The article addresses how the Covid-19 crisis impacted libraries’ social missions and what circumstances contribute to crisis management in Norwegian libraries. We use institutional theories on isomorphism and institutional pressures, as well as general theories on crisis management, to analyse the material. We conclude that the pandemic has shown the potential of digital library services, but also find that closed library premises strongly influenced how libraries were able to fulfil their social missions. Our findings also indicate the need for a sectorial leadership in times of crisis. In our discussion, we describe a situation where structures and plans to manage situations of crises are lacking. For libraries to be part of society’s democratic infrastructure, their roles and social missions need to be considered in crisis management plans. </p> <p><span class="EOP SCXW193187588 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}"> </span></p> 2021-06-15T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Sunniva Evjen, Terje Colbjørnsen, Idunn Bøyum, Kim Tallerås, Heidi Kristin Olsen Dealing with the COVID-19 infodemic 2021-03-12T13:52:14+01:00 Muhaimin Karim Rajesh Singh Gunilla Widén <p>This exploratory study seeks to understand information experiences, emotional reactions, and coping mechanisms of young adults concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. Studying two different populations, the Finnish sample included 49 young adults, while the US sample included 154. A qualitative content analysis approach was utilized in analyzing research findings. Respondents experienced a variety of emotions including negative, positive, and neutral emotions while searching for information about the COVID-19 crisis. Respondents utilized limited information consumption, selective information consumption, and information avoidance as their primary coping mechanisms to manage information overload, anxiety, uncertainty, and emotional well-being. Overall, the findings highlighted similarities in young people’s emotional reactions and coping mechanisms in managing the pandemic-related information in both countries. The study also revealed considerable differences in their perceptions about the role of media and politics in shaping how people consume and evaluate information.</p> 2021-06-15T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Muhaimin Karim, Rajesh Singh, Gunilla Widén Editorial 2021-06-11T10:45:07+02:00 Kristina Eriksson-Backa Jonas Tana 2021-06-15T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Kristina Eriksson-Backa, Jonas Tana Uncertain archives 2021-06-11T11:26:54+02:00 Herbjørn Andresen 2021-06-15T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Herbjørn Andresen Libraries, archives and museums as democratic spaces in a digital age 2021-06-11T11:53:03+02:00 Samuel Edquist 2021-06-15T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Samuel Edquist