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Title: Public libraries, museums and physical convergence: Context, issues, opportunities: A literature review Part 1
Authors: Warren, Emily
Matthews, Graham
Keywords: Archives
Collaboration
Co-location
Convergence
LAMs
Libraries
Museums
Physical convergence
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: © The Authors. Published by Sage
Citation: WARREN, E. and MATTHEWS, G., 2018. Public libraries, museums and physical convergence: Context, issues, opportunities: A literature review Part 1. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, In Press.
Abstract: There has recently been a growth in physical convergence in cultural heritage domains. Part 1 examines this ‘trend’, its drivers and related issues, with particular focus on public libraries and museums. It offers an overview of practice, challenges and opportunities. Through thematic analysis of a comprehensive, literature review of both domains that looked at the wider aspects of collaboration, cooperation, partnerships and integration in the sector as well as physical convergence, it provides insight into background, theory and activities worldwide. It presents discussion on the meaning of convergence, the concept of ‘memory institutions’, the relationship between public libraries and museums in the context of convergence, shared mission and values, convergence and re-convergence, and professionalism and divergence. It concludes with consideration of practical aspects such as motivations for convergence, including digital technology, changing user expectations and culture, and economic and political challenges that impact on physical convergence in a dynamic local government environment.
Description: This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Journal of Librarianship and Information Science and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1177/0961000618769720
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/0961000618769720
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/33369
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/0961000618769720
ISSN: 0961-0006
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