Nordic Journal of Library and Information Studies <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> University of Copenhagen en-US Nordic Journal of Library and Information Studies 2597-0593 Det performative samspil mellem digital infrastruktur og kulturelle arrangementer i den professionelle praksis i danske folkebiblioteker <p><em>The aim of the study is to examine the recursive intertwining of humans and technology in practice in Danish public libraries. Drawing on Karen Barad´s theory of agential realism, the paper suggests that the public library is investigated not through an ontology of separateness between digital infrastructure and cultural activities, but through a relational view focusing on their constitutive entanglements. The empirical focus in the article is on material-discursive practices of professionals in Danish public libraries and consist of qualitative interviews with 32 professionals from 10 Danish public libraries carried out in autumn 2022. Through a material-discursive lens of entanglement, the study analyses the narratives of the professionals when describing their libraries and their work practices.</em></p> <p><em>Based on the empirical material two themes are chosen for closer consideration. One theme is 'Cultural events, book exhibitions and front-line services´, while the other is ´Statistics of library loans and purchases of materials'. In the first theme, the digital infrastructure appears as a passive information resource. Due to budget cuts and importance of what the professionals articulate as "the institutional visibility", the digital infrastructure stays in the background in favor of cultural activities. In the second theme, it becomes clear that the digital infrastructure is no longer passive, but on the contrary very controlling for a number of practices, e.g. managing the collection, organizing the physical library and predicting users´ needs. By focusing on material-discursive practices, it becomes possible to articulate these differences and their implications. The paper concludes that the chosen analytical lens of entanglement helps to address essential consequences of digitalization, and hereby contributes to discussions of future institutional strategies for Danish public libraries.</em></p> Trine Schreiber Camilla Moring Copyright (c) 2023 Trine Schreiber, Camilla Moring 2023-12-22 2023-12-22 4 2 1 18 10.7146/njlis.v4i2.142276 It is a Matter of Perspectives <p><em>Digitalization and technological developments lead to increased expectations of instant access to archives and archival information. Concurrently, archival information systems and access tools are becoming more advanced, which opens new arenas for possible users and use in the archival domain. Research on the development of digital archives, finding aids, and archival interfaces, highlight the importance of reflecting the understanding of user needs, behaviors, expectations, and their use of technology. The current study, based on a systematic literature review with thematic analysis, addresses the multiple perspectives of users and their use in the archival context. The results show that a ‘user’ is a complex and heterogeneous conceptualization, pragmatically adapted depending on perspectives and contexts. Studies of users and use are strongly bound to their context and the current study further highlights the question of if and how users and use can be viewed outside of their contexts. Research points to a more individual perspective where different user studies and methods explore the user’s cognition and perception to paint a picture of what a user understands and how they use archival records. </em></p> Erica Hellmer Copyright (c) 2023 Erica Hellmer 2023-12-22 2023-12-22 4 2 19 34 10.7146/njlis.v4i2.137688 Supporting diamond open access journals <p><em>As Article Processing Charges (APC) has been a growing concern in academia and policy making, the need for a model where both authors and readers do not pay – the so-called Diamond, or non-APC model – is regularly called for. However, this call is often combined with questions about its sustainability, particularly in financial terms. To answer this concern, this article explores the practical conditions to implement a direct funding mechanism to Diamond open access journals, that is recurrent money provided by funders to support the publication process. Based on a questionnaire survey sent to more than 1,000 Diamond OA journals, it investigates their financial needs, as well as their capacity to interact with research funding organizations (RFOs). The results are structured around four issues regarding the implementation of a direct funding model. First, most Diamond OA journals already make use of money rather than exclusively relying on support and volunteering. Second, those needs would be fulfilled in the eventuality of a regular income from research funders. Third, under this hypothesis, a vast majority of Diamond OA journals can receive and spend money. Finally, most of these journals could develop funding acknowledgments for each article with the promise of regular income through a direct funding mechanism. The conclusion addresses the challenges that such a recurrent financial stream would spur.</em></p> Quentin Dufour David Pontille Didier Torny Copyright (c) 2023 Quentin Dufour, David Pontille, Didier Torny 2023-12-22 2023-12-22 4 2 35 55 10.7146/njlis.v4i2.140344 Classics, illness narratives, or fantasy? <p><em>What kinds of fictional literature are most suitable for use in bibliotherapy? And what functions may reading and talking about this literature serve for those participating in a bibliotherapeutic reading group? These questions are highly relevant to researchers who carry out scholarly studies and to librarians who work with bibliotherapy in practice. </em><em>However, very little empirical research has been conducted from a participant perspective. </em><em>The aim of this study is to deepen the knowledge of these questions by examining them in relation to a bibliotherapeutic reading group for women with feelings of sadness after giving birth.</em></p> <p>The material used in the study consists of participant observations of ten group meetings and in-dept interviews with the participants. The analysis shows that participants benefited most from reading and discussing genres that have not traditionally been used for bibliotherapy, such as fantasy and realistic fiction that thematize issues other than the participants’ own problems or health concerns. Some of the bibliotherapeutic functions highlighted by participants can be discerned in recent user-centered research, while others, such as the intellectual function, are quite new. This study contributes new knowledge as it problematizes notions of literature selection found in previous research and presents new functions of bibliotherapy. It is thus highly relevant to both researchers and librarians. Additional similar studies that are more extensive should be carried out to further broaden knowledge of literature selection bibliotherapy. </p> Cecilia Pettersson Copyright (c) 2023 Cecilia Pettersson 2023-12-22 2023-12-22 4 2 56 71 10.7146/njlis.v4i2.141079 Editorial Kim Tallerås Evjen Sunniva Copyright (c) 2023 Kim Tallerås; Sunniva Evjen 2023-12-22 2023-12-22 4 2 i i 10.7146/njlis.v4i2.142691 Biblioteksgeografin Nan Dahlkild Copyright (c) 2023 Kim Tallerås; Nan Dahlkild 2023-12-22 2023-12-22 4 2 72 75 10.7146/njlis.v4i2.142725 Libraries, Archives, and Museums in Transition Peter Reid Copyright (c) 2023 Kim Tallerås; Peter Reid 2023-12-22 2023-12-22 4 2 76 79 10.7146/njlis.v4i2.142724 Folkebiblioteket som uavhengig møtestad og arena for offentleg samtale og debatt i ei digital tid Roswitha Skare Åse Hedemark Tore Slaatta Copyright (c) 2023 Roswitha Skare, Åse Hedemark, Tore Slaata 2023-12-22 2023-12-22 4 2 80 82 10.7146/njlis.v4i2.136994 “We Exchange Data All the Time” Carol Tenopir Copyright (c) 2023 Kim Tallerås; Carol Tenopir 2023-12-22 2023-12-22 4 2 83 86 10.7146/njlis.v4i2.142723 Förflutenhet för alla? Bodil Axelsson Copyright (c) 2023 Bodil Axelsson 2023-12-22 2023-12-22 4 2 87 93 10.7146/njlis.v4i2.141702