Libraries convey knowledge, information, literature and culture. The university’s research in Library and Information Science is based on the humanities and social sciences, and we explore knowledge creation, different forms of reading practices and how learning occurs in practice in professional contexts. Librarians in general, and school or university librarians in particular, develop pedagogical skills about people’s reading, learning, language development, information searches, knowledge dissemination, source criticism, and their lifelong learning journey.
Libraries, reading and learning is a broad research theme that encompasses numerous studies. Previous research has focused on people’s leisure-time reading and the different logics of reading practices. The theme also includes studies of how university librarians collaborate with secondary school teachers in teaching academic reading and writing. Other studies cover the library’s role as a hub for citizens learning digital skills and about how this work can be understood in relation to liberal education and democracy. Research about school libraries is linked to research about schools and deals with the role of the school library in pupils’ equality, education and life skills. One study examines the phenomenon of the workplace library and the potential it can offer for reading and media and information skills for adults, against the background of the changes and challenges of late-modern working life. Another study is about representation and justice at libraries, using the critical perspective of virtue ethics.