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ITIA51 Libraries and Society I (Essay) 5 ECTS
Organised by
Degree Programme in Information Studies and Interactive Media
Information Studies and Interactive Media
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
School of Information Sciences
Curricula 2011 – 2012

General description

Literature on the history and present day situation of libraries is used to write an essay on the interactive relationship between the libraries and the society.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course a student is expected to be able to:

-understand the character of library activities as a societal service function
-make an outline of the historical development and present day situation of libraries


The goals set by the society for libraries and the resources directed to the activities, the historical and present day role of libraries in the societal development, the development of libraries as an institution.

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
In Finnish


Numeric 1-5.

Study materials

  • Black & Muddiman, Understanding community librarianship. Aldershot. 1997.
  • Lerner, The story of libraries. Continuum. 1998.
  • Murray, The library - An illustrated history. Skyhorse Publishing. 2009.
  • Mäkinen (ed.), Finnish public libraries in the 20th century. Tampere University Press. 2001.
  • Pateham & Vincent, Public libraries and social justice. Ashgate. 2011.
  • Snape, Leisure and the rise of the public library. Library Association. 1995.
  • Talja, Sanna: Music, culture and the library. Scarecrow Press. 2001.
  • List of possible other books or articles will be available in annual teaching schedule.

Belongs to following study modules

School of Information Sciences
School of Information Sciences
School of Information Sciences
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