Related discourse: The public library as part of the every-day lives of members of both a local community and wider society.
… the library’s role in bridging the divide .
” ought to ensure” ”access to the Internet”
“ library network” “infrastructure”
” collaboration” with the ”local community”
“ reach uncertain [IT-]users” at a “basic level”
Related discourse: The public library as a hub in a local community providing and offering instructions in ICT.
Questions To Be Answered:
What presence do the issues of the digital divide have in the Swedish public library sphere today?
How is the term “digital divides” conceptualised within this library sphere?
How do the conceptualisations relate to the library sphere’s own perceived identity as an agent in the Swedish society?
The identity of the public library
Anderson & Skot-Hansen 1994
Conclusions to draw?
The issues behind the concept of the digital divide is today only to a limited extent acknowledged in the Swedish public library sphere.
The texts show how public libraries uses the term “the digital divide” to relate themselves to different rivalling discourses striving to determine the function and purpose of the Swedish public library.
Through its work against digital divides the libraries act as discoursive subjects to manifest their relevance both as instiutions in the local community, but also in the Swedish society.
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Digitala klyftor: insatser för att överbrygga dessa (2008). Stockholm: Statens institut