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Methodological Frameworks for Developing a Model of the Public Sphere in Public Libraries

Widdersheim, Michael M. and Koizumi, Masanori (2016) Methodological Frameworks for Developing a Model of the Public Sphere in Public Libraries. In: Conceptions of Library and Information Science (CoLIS 9), 27 June 2016 - 29 June 2016, Uppsala, Sweden.

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Abstract

Introduction. This paper identifies research gaps in the literature related to the public sphere and public libraries. The paper then proposes methodological frameworks and data collection techniques to extend research in this area. Method. A review of the literature related to the public sphere and public libraries is conducted to identify research gaps and develop promising research approaches. Analysis. Previous literature is analyzed according to epistemological and ontological approaches. Results. Existing literature related to the public sphere and public libraries exhibits epistemological and ontological shortcomings. Empirical studies are relatively few and existing studies remain tied to a limited public sphere concept. Conclusion. Two new methodological frameworks are proposed to guide future work in this area. One framework is the circulation of power model; the other framework is a custom-built model with multiple axes and dimensions.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Widdersheim, Michael M.mmw84@pitt.eduMMW84
Koizumi, Masanori
Date: 29 June 2016
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Event Title: Conceptions of Library and Information Science (CoLIS 9)
Event Dates: 27 June 2016 - 29 June 2016
Event Type: Conference
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Public, Libraries, Public, Sphere, Methodology, Social, Theory
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2016 14:14
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 05:11
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/28537

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