Nordic Journal of Library and Information StudiesVol. 1 No. 1 (2020)
This very first issue of Nordic Journal of Library and Information Studies is launched in a moment overwhelmed with information, misinformation and disinformation. Which experts who forecast the future of the Covid-19 pandemic can we trust and what makes this information trustworthy?
Under normal circumstances people may visit the library to find some answers. In Sweden, most public libraries are still open and people come there to relax or to find some normality in these times of turbulence, even though they keep distance and abide regulations. However, in our neighbouring countries and other parts of the world, libraries are closed due to the disease.
Obviously, the launching of a new journal for library and information studies in the middle of the pandemic crises is a coincidence. Yet, the societal relevance of the journal could hardly be more striking.
However, the first issue do not analyse the pandemic crises. Research takes time, and research of high quality demands time. Therefore, the crisis is a theme for an upcoming issue, but not for this one. Instead we offer two exciting articles, analysing the past and pointing towards the future. This is the beginning of an exciting future with a journal that inspires, analyses, criticises and discuss questions of relevance to library and information studies.
Nordic Journal of Library and Information Studies, vol 1 no 2 2020Vol. 1 No. 2 (2020)
This issue of the Nordic Journal of Library and Information Studies contains three very different, yet all equally inspiring, research articles. The first article, “This is really interesting. I never even thought about this”, is authored by Pamela J. McKenzie and Nicole K. Dalmer. McKenzie and Dalmer introduce and discuss four methodological strategies that can be used to analyse unnoticed information work: “(1) consider the local and the translocal; (2) attend to the material and the textual; (3) consider visual methods; and (4) (re)consider the participant’s role and expertise”. The second article, Den digitale offentligheten i kultur- og bibliotekpolitikken, is authored by Håkon Larsen and Per Aleksander Solheim. They analyse Norwegian cultural policies’ description of how digital information technologies challenge democracy, as well as the solutions ascribed to these outlined threats. Mia Høj Mathiasson has authored the third and final research article in this issue of NJLIS; From means to an end to ends in themselves. Mathiasson shows how the programming has changed over the years and she analyses the reasoning behind offering these activities. In addition, Wiebke Keim reviews Nora Schmidt’s doctoral thesis The privilege to select. Global research system, European academic library collections, and decolonisation.
Theme issue on research on pandemic and crisis informationVol. 2 No. 1 (2021)
The current theme issue of the Nordic Journal of Library and Information Studies provides a flashback to what is now known as the first wave of Covid-19. Two of the scientific articles in our theme issue are about Norwegian libraries’ situation during the period of lockdown starting in March 2020, whereas the third is about young people’s information behaviour related to Covid-19 in Finland and the US during March to June the same year. The paper Folkebibliotekets digitale tilbud under koronakrisen – en case studie fra Tromsø bibliotek og byarkiv by Roswitha Skare examines the situation for the public library in Tromsø and the increased role of digital resources during the time the physical library was closed. The second paper is called Samfunnsoppdrag under press: Erfaringer og vurderinger i norske bibliotek under Covid-19 and is written by Sunniva Evjen, Terje Colbjørnsen, Idunn Bøyum, Kim Tallerås and Heidi Kristin Olsen. Based on surveys with library workers in different types of libraries it examines how Covid-19 has influenced the social missions of Norwegian libraries and emphasizes the role of crisis management. The third paper, Dealing with the COVID-19 infodemic: Understanding young people’s emotions and coping mechanisms in Finland and the United States, written by Muhaimin Karim, Rajesh Singh and Gunilla Widén, is an exploratory study with the aim to understand information experiences, emotional reactions, and coping mechanisms of young adults in two different populations during the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.
This issue, furthermore, contains two book reviews of recently published edited works. Herbjørn Andresen has reviewed Uncertain archives. Critical keywords for big data, edited by Nanna Bonde Thylstrup, Daniela Agostinho, Annie Ring, Catherine D’Ignazio and Kristin Veel, whereas Samuel Edquist has written a review of a piece of work that is topical as seen in relation to the two scholarly papers in this issue on libraries in times of lockdown, that is, Libraries, archives and museums as democratic spaces in a digital age, edited by Ragnar Audunson, Herbjørn Andresen, Cicilie Fagerlid, Erik Henningsen, Hans-Christoph Hobohm, Henrik Jochumsen, Håkon Larsen, and Tonje Vold.