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  • 1.
    Andersson, Jonas
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Media and Communication Studies.
    Snickars, Pelle
    Introduktion: Efter The Pirate Bay2010In: Efter The Pirate Bay / [ed] Jonas Andersson & Pelle Snickars, Stockholm: Kungliga biblioteket , 2010, p. 9-48Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Asplund, Jan
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies.
    Autenticitet hos digital information: Blockkedjeteknologi för upprätthållande av trovärdighet2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Authenticity and integrity of digital information have been discussed extensively within the record management and archival sectors for several decades. The on-going projects and research in the area have resulted in an understanding of the potential problems when it comes to keeping authenticity in digital information. In recent years the blockchain technologies have gained attention as a potential solution to many of the problems associated with management and storage of digital records. The area of information security is getting more and more focused on preventing manipulation of existing data. The conclusions here is that blockchain technologies have potential to solve several problems associated with the management and storage of digital records. The archival sector can benefit from the use of blockchains to prevent time consuming and expensive work efforts to re-establish authenticity in digital information ones lost.

  • 3.
    Franzén, Djuna
    et al.
    Södertörn University, Södertörn University Library.
    Schultz Nybacka, Pamela
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Grönvall, Karin
    Södertörn University, Södertörn University Library.
    Wennbrink, Ann-Sofie
    Södertörn University, Södertörn University Library.
    Biblioteksbesökets värde: En studie av besökarna vid Södertörns högskolebibliotek, Huddinges huvudbibliotek och Flemingsbergs områdesbibliotek2014Report (Other academic)
  • 4.
    Friberg von Sydow, Rikard
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Archive Studies.
    The Construction of Consensus: Analyzing “facts” in the Flashback.org Contemporary Crime sub-forum2019Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Flashback Forums is a Swedish discussion forum that have existed on the internet in different versions since 1996. Since after the millenium it has got a reputation being very active discussing contemporary criminal cases. The discussions are often harsh and vibrant, not minding any of Swedens laws regarding slandering or regulation of press, the servers being located to North America. Lawless or not – the forums have been involved in several criminal cases, supplying information that had not been found by the Police. Because of these cases Flashback Forums has gained a reputation among journalists, police and the public. It is now heavily used as a source of information by different agents in society. This makes it a powerful actor and information provider in Swedish society.

    I am interested in how consensus regarding what is considered as a fact are treaten in the Flashback Contemporary Crimes-subforum (Underforumet ”Aktuella brott”). In order to have a flow of discussion, the participants need to have a common ground, some traits of an evidence being used to decide what is a proven fact and what is not. These traits should be possible to identify when analyzing the discussions. To get an understanding of this I will follow and analyze two different forum threads regarding two contemporary murders. What is considered a trusted source and what signifies that a source is seen as controversial? How is consensus built by those forum members participating in the discussion? I will use a process-based method in analyzing the threads, considering them as a process with a natural beginning (the criminal event) and a natural end (the solving of the crime). In this process a number of consensus-building moments will appear in the discussion. These will be in focus of my investigation and analyzed with methods related to hermeneutical and argument analyzing research. The result will be a number of rules related to consensus-building regarding facts in these particular forums.

  • 5.
    Grönvall, Karin
    et al.
    Södertörn University, Södertörn University Library.
    Hjalmarsson, Jan
    Södertörn University, Södertörn University Library.
    Bildning för vår tids bibliotek2014In: Att växa som människa: om bildningens traditioner och praktiker / [ed] Anders Burman, Huddinge: Södertörns högskola , 2014, p. 301-319Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 6.
    Jorum, Ika
    Södertörn University, Södertörn University Library.
    Laptop på turkisk matta: det interkulturella folkbibliotekets roll i Botkyrka2012In: Det mångspråkiga biblioteket: en nödvändig utopi / [ed] Ingrid Atlestam, Randi Myhre, Lund: BTJ Förlag , 2012, 1, p. 226-241Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article describes in what way the public library serve as a way into society, language and creativity of citizens in Botkyrka municipality. The libraries in northern Botkyrka form a synthesis between rooms, media and activities. This synthesis aime together to make citizens participate in activities concerning language, writing and learning, have impact on media offered and making different kind of culture in the library. The idea of Open stage is that citizens make performances and have discussions on different subjects on stage in cooperation with the library staff. 

  • 7.
    Jorum, Ika
    et al.
    Södertörn University, Södertörn University Library.
    Eklund Heinonen, Maria
    Literacies for academic and professional purposes: Two collaboration projects with the University Library2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Academic literacies among high school students and university students have been a highly discussed topic for several years in Sweden as well as other countries. Results of PISA show that high school students’ reading skills deteriorate and university teachers have given alarming reports on students’ decreasing abilities on the critical assessment of sources and academic writing. In Sweden the new curriculum for high schools sharpens the demands on students to develop a critical and scientific approach and a main learning outcome is that high school students shall ‘have the ability to critically examine and assess what they see, hear and read’ and that they ‘can use books, library resources and modern technology as a tool in the search for knowledge, communication, creativity and learning’ (Curriculum for the Upper Secondary School 2011, p. 8f). The new curriculum is also a concern for Higher Education (HE) since it is of great importance that high school students are well prepared for University studies. The fact that more heterogenous groups of students coming from different linguistic and socio-cultural contexts get access to HE, has meant that teachers need to design new pedagogical approaches that take socially situated circumstances into account. In this paper we will present two projects conducted at Södertörn University where the University Library has been involved in focusing both on students’ academic literacies and the connection between academic and professional practice. One project is an Introduction to academic writing and concerns new students. The other one concerns teacher candidates and aims to prepare them for their future professions as high school teachers. The purpose of this paper is to explore how the University Library can 2collaborate with other institutions to support students to develop academic literacies that are useful for both their studies and for their future professional practice.

  • 8.
    Lind, Therese
    Södertörn University, Södertörn University Library.
    "Nu är vi mer medvetna om handledarrollen": Att stödja studenters uppsatsskrivande genom pedagogiska samtal om vetenskaplig informationssökning2016In: NU 2016, Högskolan i samhället, samhället i högskolan, Malmö 15-17 juni 2016: Abstrakt, 2016, p. 55-56Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    I samband med det självständiga examensarbetet ställs många studenter inom högre utbildning för första gången inför uppgiften att självständigt söka och kritiskt värdera vetenskaplig litteratur i en större omfattning. Detta innebär ofta många nya utmaningar, såsom att omvandla frågeställningens nyckelbegrepp till sökbara ord, navigera i en djungel av sökverktyg och vetenskapliga databaser samt att överhuvudtaget kunna identifiera vad som känne­tecknar en vetenskaplig text. För att möta detta behov erbjuder många högskole- och universitetsbibliotek bland annat individuell handledning i informationssökning. Här har biblioteket en viktig roll att fylla under studenternas uppsatsskrivande som ett kompletterande stöd jämte uppsatshandledare och lärare från studie- och språkverkstäder.

    Handledningen i informationssökning är ett pedagogiskt tillfälle med fokus på lärande snarare än att få fram ett visst antal texter. Det innebär att studenterna förväntas komma väl förberedda och vara aktiva inför och under mötet – det är deras specifika uppgift, problem och erfarenheter som är utgångspunkten för tillfället. Studenter har dock ofta svårigheter att uttrycka vad de behöver hjälp med och deras frågor tangerar i många fall det stöd som ges av uppsatshandledare och studie- och språkverkstäder. Detta blir extra svårt i kombination med att vi på biblioteket oftast bara träffar dem vid ett tillfälle samt generellt saknar förkun­skaper om just deras uppsatsämnen.

    Utöver specialiser­ade kunskaper om sökstrategier och vetenskaplig publicering, krävs alltså även en stor flexibilitet och lyhördhet i själva handledningsmötet. Som handledande bibliotekarier behöver vi en god kännedom om den akademiska kontext som studenterna befinner sig i, samt en bred pedagogisk repertoar för att genom samtal ta reda på och kunna möta studenternas skiftande behov.

    Hur kan handledande bibliotekarier bli ännu bättre på pedagogiska samtal med studenter om vetenskaplig informations­sökning i samband med akademiskt skrivande – och hur upprätthåller vi denna kompetens?

    Under 2014 arbetade Södertörns högskole­bibliotek med ett högskolepedagogiskt utvecklingsprojekt. Syftet var att utveckla våra handledande bibliotekariers peda­gogiska repertoar och därmed öka kvaliteten i handledningsmötena med studenter när det gäller infor­mations­sökning i samband med akademiskt skrivande. Projektet hade två mål: dels att öka vår med­vetenhet om vad det innebär att handleda och utveckla fler pedagogiska verktyg vid handledningssamtal, dels att hitta nya former för kompetensutveckling när det gäller handledning.

    Projektet genomfördes i form av en poänggivande handledningskurs i samarbete med en högskolepeda­gogisk konsult. Kursen bestod av två workshoppar där vi fick möjlighet att fördjupa oss i litteratur om handledning samt samtala och reflektera kring vår egen handlednings­praktik genom praktiska övningar. Projektet resulterade bland annat i att vi fått med oss ”metakom­munikation” (se Handal & Lauvås 2008) som ett användbart peda­gogiskt verktyg i handledningssituationen samt ”reflektion genom skrivande” (se Hjertström Lappalainen m.fl. 2014) som en givande metod för kompetensutveck­ling.

    Handal, Gunnar & Lauvås, Per (2008). Forskarhandledaren. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

    Hjertström Lappalainen, Jonna m.fl. (2014). Att lära en företagsekonom att tänka. Huddinge: Södertörns högskola.

  • 9.
    Lind, Therese
    Södertörn University, Södertörn University Library.
    Pedagogiska samtal om informationssökning: ett högskolepedagogiskt utvecklingsprojekt för handledande bibliotekarier vid Södertörns högskolebibliotek2017Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Hur blir vi som handledande bibliotekarier ännu bättre på peda­gogiska samtal med studenterna om informationssökning i samband med akademiskt skrivande – och hur upprätthåller vi denna kompe­tens? I denna rapport beskrivs hur handlednings­gruppen på Söder­törns högskole­bibliotek under 2014 arbetade med dessa frågor inom ramen för ett högskolepedagogiskt utvecklings­projekt. Projektets mål var dels att öka deltagarnas med­vetenhet om vad det innebär att handleda och utveckla fler pedagogiska verktyg vid hand­led­ningssamtal, dels att hitta nya former för kompetens­utveck­ling när det gäller handledning. Projektet genomfördes i form av en poäng­givande kurs i samarbete med en högskole­peda­gogisk kon­sult. Kursen bestod av två workshops där deltagarna fick möjlighet att fördjupa sig i litteratur om handledning samt samtala och reflek­tera kring sin egen handlednings­praktik genom praktiska övningar. Projektet resulterade bland annat i att handlednings­grup­pen tar med sig ”metakom­munikation” som ett användbart peda­gogiskt verktyg både vid fysiska och digitala möten samt ”reflektion genom skri­vande” som en givande kompetens­utveck­lingsmetod För att utvec­kla handlednings­tjänsten vill biblioteket framöver även testa drop in-handledning som komplement till den ordinarie tidsbokade hand­ledningen. 

  • 10.
    Lind, Therese
    Södertörn University, Södertörn University Library.
    Är vi pedagoger?: Rapport från projektet ”Pedagogisk plattform för Södertörns högskolebibliotek”2017Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna rapport beskriver ett pedagogiskt utvecklingsprojekt som genomfördes på Södertörns högskolebibliotek under hösten 2016. I projektet deltog de medarbetare som möter studenter i bibliotekets kundtjänst, undervisning, sökhandledning och talboksservice. Projektets syfte och mål var bland annat att prova metoder för reflektion, diskussion och kompetensutveckling och därigenom skapa större trygghet och samsyn vad gäller den pedagogiska rollen. Under projektet provades metoderna läsecirkel, reflektion genom skrivande, veckans utmaning, workshop och gästföreläsning. Projektet resulterade bland annat i att en gemensam pedagogisk plattform togs fram på biblioteket.

  • 11.
    Lind, Therese
    et al.
    Södertörn University, Södertörn University Library.
    Lindberg, Annsofi
    Södertörn University, Södertörn University Library.
    Är vi pedagoger?2017Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Vad innebär ett pedagogiskt förhållningssätt för bibliotekarier i mötet med informationssökande studenter? Utifrån denna fråga genomfördes hösten 2016 ett pedagogiskt utvecklingsprojekt på Södertörns högskolebibliotek. I projektet deltog alla de medarbetare som möter studenter i bibliotekets kundtjänst, undervisning, sökhandledning och talboksservice. Projektets syfte och mål var bland annat att prova metoder för reflektion, diskussion och kompetensutveckling och därigenom skapa större trygghet och samsyn vad gäller den pedagogiska rollen. Projektet resulterade bland annat i att en gemensam pedagogisk plattform togs fram på biblioteket.

    I vår presentation kommer vi beskriva projektets genomförande och resultat men också utmaningar som synliggjordes under arbetets gång, t ex vad gäller synen på pedagogik bland medarbetarna.

  • 12.
    Lind, Therese
    et al.
    Södertörn University, Södertörn University Library.
    Nilsson, Anna
    Södertörn University, Södertörn University Library.
    Att ge respons på studenters texter: erfarenheter av matrisfunktionen i lärplattformen Itslearning2018Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    I denna presentation kommer vi berätta om hur matrisfunktionen i lärplattformen Itslearning använts för att ge formativ respons på studenters texter inom ramen för en högskolepedagogisk satsning om akademiskt skrivande och informationssökning på Södertörns högskola. Vi delar med oss av våra erfarenheter av matrisfunktionen, vad gäller såväl pedagogiska som tekniska vinster och utmaningar. Vi beskriver även hur detta lett fram till ett nytt givande samarbete mellan undervisande bibliotekarier och IKT-pedagoger, bl.a. i form av gemensamma workshoppar om matrisfunktionen för andra intresserade lärare på högskolan. Avslutningsvis blickar vi framåt och delger tankar om hur bibliotekarier och IKT-pedagoger kan fortsätta arbeta och utvecklas tillsammans.

  • 13.
    Lindelöw, Camilla
    Södertörn University, Södertörn University Library.
    Altmetrics - vad kan forskare och lärosätet använda det till?2015Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 14.
    Lindelöw, Camilla
    Södertörn University, Södertörn University Library.
    Can altmetrics data help researchers fine-tune their publication strategies?2017Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 15.
    Lindelöw, Camilla
    Södertörn University, Södertörn University Library.
    Open Access och prestige2015Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 16.
    Lindelöw, Camilla
    Södertörn University, Södertörn University Library.
    Publication patterns, prestige, and Open Access2015Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Today, scientific publishing is serious business. Funding bodies and universities demand open access (OA) publishing for several reasons, including reaching a wider audience. Career advancement for individual researchers implies visibility in highly prestigious publication channels. OA publishing and high prestige may be in conflict, but doesn't have to be. Green OA, or parallel publishing, gives the researcher the possibility of fulfilling OA demands while publishing in well known channels with high prestige. Gold OA may present a greater challenge, since these channels are often new, unknown and infested by so called predatory publishers.

    The present study aims to investigate publication patterns of researchers, with particular focus on gold OA and prestige. The researcher population used consists of researchers working at Swedish universities using the institutional repository DiVA. Gold OA journals are identified through the Directory of Open Access Journals and prestige is defined with the Norwegian model, where publication channels are divided in two levels. The share of gold OA journals in the Norwegian model is contrasted with the researchers' choice of publication channels. Findings suggest that researchers prefer gold OA journals belonging to the higher level in the Norwegian model. However, this may be the result of something else affecting researchers. These and other issues are discussed, as well as details of the publication patterns.

  • 17.
    Lindelöw, Camilla
    Södertörn University, Södertörn University Library.
    Utvärdering och utforskande2018In: Världen där utanför: bibliotekariens roll som omvärldsbevakare och analytiker / [ed] Marja Haapalainen ; Christine Wallén, Stockholm: Kungliga biblioteket , 2018, p. 101-120Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 18.
    Lindelöw, Camilla
    Södertörn University, Södertörn University Library.
    What about prestige in gold Open Access publishing: a survey investigating publication patterns of researchers at Swedish universities2015In: The 10th Munin Conference on Scholarly Publishing 2015: The 10th Munin Conference on Scholarly Publishing 2015. UiT The Arctic University of Norway, November 30 - December 1 2015., 2015, Vol. 5Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Fully gold Open Access (OA) publication channels are still hold to be of inferior quality compared to channels offered by publishers with traditional subscription business models, albeit less and less so. The threat of predatory publishers looms on one side, and on the other most OA publishers haven’t been around to gather prestige for so long. Still, there seems to be a steady advance. For example, OA publication channels may now be found at level two (indexing the channels perceived as having most academic prestige in a certain subject) of the Norwegian Publication Model (NPM).

    In an earlier survey, I investigated the publication patterns of researchers at Swedish universities with focus on their gold OA publishing in journals. The publication patterns were contrasted with the occurrence of OA journals in NPM. 29 % of the DOAJ journals were present as approved channels in NPM. DOAJ is frequently mentioned as the most comprehensive OA journal indexing service in the world. At level one, 14 % of the listed journals were OA, whereas only 2 % of level two journals were OA. Out of the DOAJ-journals included in NPM, only 1 % made it to level two. This is probably explained by the situation described above; OA journals are often new to the scientific publishing market, and therefore they haven’t had the time to gather academic prestige.

    The OA journals that researchers at Swedish universities published were almost all of them present in DOAJ. 7 % of these were at level two. This pattern seems to imply that researchers are trying to fulfil demands of OA publishing from funders, while at the same time trying to gather prestige for their own researcher career. This poster aims to further explore these results, with focus on the 7 % journals at level 2. Which journals can be found here, and what is the distribution? Which research subjects are involved?

  • 19.
    Lindelöw, Camilla
    et al.
    Södertörn University, Södertörn University Library.
    Parmhed, Sara
    Södertörn University, Södertörn University Library.
    Forskarservice i ett förändrat publiceringslandskap2016Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Framöver kommer vi att ha nationella riktlinjer för öppen tillgång till vetenskapliga publikationer att rätta oss efter. KB undersöker möjligheten att betala författaravgifter inom konsortiet. Våra användare hittar sitt material på flera ställen än biblioteket, i och med omställningen kommer de ha ökad fri tillgång till materialet. Hur påverkas vår forskarservice av detta? Vi kommer att behöva uppdatera vår existerande forskarservice för att fortsätta vara relevanta för forskarna. I denna föreslagna presentation tittar vi bland annat på kommunikationen med forskarna och samordning av statistik för att kunna möta upp de nya förutsättningarna. Vår kartläggning är tänkt att användas som underlag i diskussionen om en förbättrad forskarservice.

  • 20.
    Lund, Arwid
    Linnéuniversitetet.
    Folkbibliotek och öppna data: möjlighet med politiska implikationer2018In: Bibliotekarier i teori och praktik: utbildningsperspektiv på en unik profession / [ed] Joacim Hansson och Per Wisselgren, Lund: BTJ Förlag , 2018, 1, p. 269-289Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 21.
    Löfdahl, Britt
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    När mallar brister: Ett möte mellan teori och praktik på biblioteket2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In this scientific essay I explore my profession as a library adviser within the public library sector. The focus in my exploration is on the relation between theory and practice and how this relation is carried to the extreme in a situation where the theory consists of quantitative measuring. This situation triggers a conflict within me, and in the essay I reflect on the reasons for this with the aid of various philosophers and authors, in order to get a deeper understanding of my actions, and to see if I acted with good judgement in the sense of Aristotle´s phronesis. In my writing and exploring I also search for a way onwards, a better way to connect theory with practice in my meetings with library staff. My conclusions are that a first step would be to give practice precedence and start talking about the relation between practice and theory instead of the other way around. Further steps are a deeper understanding of the importance of dialogue, to see the perspective of the other and to dare to remain in, and to make the most of, the moment when theory and practice collide.

  • 22.
    Schultz Nybacka, Pamela
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Att hantera den dynamiska kontrasten mellan tradition och förnyelse: en studie av Projekt Kompetensen inom Regionbibliotek Stockholm2013Book (Other academic)
  • 23. Schultz Nybacka, Pamela
    Biblioteken, bibliotekarierna och klokskapens värde: en studie av Projekt Kompetensen inom Regionbibliotek Stockholm2013In: Årsbok om folkbildning: 2012, Forskning & utveckling / [ed] Stellan Boozon, Krister Hansson, Maj-Britt Imnander & Ants Viirman., Stockholm: Föreningen för folkbildningsforskning , 2013, p. 41-58Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 24.
    Schultz Nybacka, Pamela
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Biblioteksrummet utformas av sina besökare2016In: Södertörns högskola öppnar världar: En jubileumsskrift från Södertörns högskola 2016 / [ed] Ninna Mörner & Lisa Öberg, Södertörns högskola, 2016, p. 37-38Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 25.
    Schultz Nybacka, Pamela
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Samhälle och litteratur på regional nivå: Om den utökade satsningen på litteratur i Uppsala län2017Report (Other academic)
  • 26.
    Schultz Nybacka, Pamela
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies. Stockholms universitet.
    Värdet av skolbiblioteket: En verksamhet för hållbar utbildning och bildning2019Report (Other academic)
  • 27.
    Svärd, Proscovia
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Archive Studies. University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.
    E-government development and challenges of freeing public sector information2017In: The Governance of Local Communities: Global Perspectives and Challenges / [ed] Thomas F. Reilly, Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2017, p. 145-162Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter investigates the challenges faced by two Swedish municipalities in freeing government information as required by both the European and the Swedish Public Sector Information (PSI) directives. Sweden enacted its PSI directive in July 2010, based on the 2003 European PSI directive, which all member states were required to implement. Municipalities are directed to proactively publish data for public consumption. Swedish municipalities are engaged in e-Government development, which has also led to an increase of the information they are required to manage effectively. In Sweden, PSI is an integral part of the e-Government policy. Sweden is working to regain its leading position in the World, as far as e-Government development is concerned. Sweden’s e-Government mantra is “to make it as simple as possible, for as many as possible.” e-Government development is meant to transform government institutions by making them simple, open, accessible, effective, and secure. The Swedish third generation e-Government focuses on demand-driven development of electronic services, third-party collaboration in service development, that is, the citizens, increased re-use of public sector information, and responsibility for adding value to information and services. The implementation of the PSI directive is slow because municipalities have different budgetary capacities. Large municipalities, with sufficient budgets, are implementing the directive and have started releasing for public consumption while small ones continue to issue single documents on websites. Uneven e-Government development influences the release of PSI. Small municipalities lack human, technical, and financial resources available to large ones.

  • 28.
    Svärd, Proscovia
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Archive Studies. University of South Africa.
    Enterprise content management, records management and information culture amidst E-government development2017Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This book identifies key factors necessary for a well-functioning information infrastructure and explores how information culture impacts the management of public information, stressing the need for a proactive and holistic information management approach amidst e-Government development. In an effort to deal with an organization's scattered information resources, Enterprise Content Management, Records Management and Information Culture Amidst E-Government Development investigates the key differences between Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Records Management (RM), the impact of e-Government development on information management and the role of information in enhancing accountability and transparency of government institutions. The book hence identifies factors that contribute to a well-functioning information infrastructure and further explores how information culture impacts the management of public information. It highlights the Records Continuum Model (RCM) thinking as a more progressive way of managing digital information in an era of pluralization of government information. It also emphasizes the need for information/records management skills amidst e-Government development. Ideas about records, information, and content management have fundamentally changed and developed because of increasing digitalization. Though not fully harmonized, these new ideas commonly stress and underpin the need for a proactive and holistic information management approach. The proactive approach entails planning for the management of the entire information continuum before the information is created. For private enterprises and government institutions endeavoring to meet new information demands from customers, citizens and the society at large, such an approach is a prerequisite for accomplishing their missions. It could be argued that information is and has always been essential to all human activities and we are witnessing a transformation of the information landscape. 

  • 29.
    Svärd, Proscovia
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Archive Studies. University of South Africa.
    Freedom of information laws and information access: The case of Sierra Leone2017In: Information Development, ISSN 0266-6669, E-ISSN 1741-6469, Vol. 33, no 2, p. 190-198Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Sierra Leone was engulfed in a destructive civil war between 1991 and 2002. The civil war was partly caused by the non-accountability of the government, endemic corruption, misrule and the mismanagement of the country’s resources. Efforts have been made by the country, with the help of the international community, to embrace a democratic dispensation. To demonstrate its commitment to the democratization agenda, Sierra Leone passed the Right to Access Information (RAI) Act in 2013. The Act guarantees access to government information and also imposes a penalty on failure to make information available. However, Sierra Leone’s state institutions are still weak due to mismanagement and lack of transparency and accountability. Freedom of expression and access to information are cornerstones of modern democracies. Public information/records are a means of power that governments and other political institutions use to exercise control over citizens, but are also a means of citizens’ empowerment. Through access to government information/records, media can play their watchdog role and people can assess the performance of governments and hold them accountable. The purpose of the paper is to demonstrate the fact that it is not enough to enact freedom of information laws (FOIs) if there is no political will to make government information accessible, an information management infrastructure to facilitate the creation, capture, management, dissemination, preservation and re-use of government information and investments in civil education to promote an information culture that appreciates information as a resource that underpins accountability and transparency.

  • 30.
    Svärd, Proscovia
    University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.
    Has the Freedom of Information Act enhanced transparency and the free flow of information in Liberia?2018In: Information Development, ISSN 0266-6669, E-ISSN 1741-6469, Vol. 34, no 1, p. 20-30Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article investigates if the adoption of the Liberian Freedom of Information (FOI) law 2010 has led to a transparent government and increased the free flow of government information. Freeing government information is expected to create transparent and accountable governments. It brings forth democratic and inclusive government institutions that work for the people. Inclusivity, transparency and accountability are expected to address sustainable development challenges and democracy deficits. Transparency and accountability can only be achieved through access to government information. The right to access government information is also included in the national constitution of Liberia. The citizens of Liberia in West Africa suffered from a protracted civil war between 1989-1996 and 1999-2003 respectively. These wars were partly caused by non-accountability of the governments, endemic corruption and the mismanagement of the countries' resources. Efforts are being made by the government with the help of the international community to embrace a new democratic dispensation. Liberia was also one of the first African countries to enact a Freedom of Information (FOI) Law that would enable Liberians to access government information.

  • 31.
    Svärd, Proscovia
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Archive Studies.
    Hindrances to access and re-use of open government data: the case of Sweden2017In: Information and knowledge for Competitiveness: Proceeding of DLIS 2017 International Conference : Hosted by the Department of Library and Information Studies (DLIS) : 15th-17th March 2017 : At the University of Botswana, Gabarone / [ed] Nathan Mnjama & Priti Jain, Gaborone: University of Botswana , 2017, p. 1-17Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 32.
    Svärd, Proscovia
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Archive Studies. University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.
    The impact of new public management through outsourcing on the management of government information: The case of Sweden2019In: Records Management Journal, ISSN 0956-5698, E-ISSN 1758-7689, Vol. 29, no 1/2, p. 134-151Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: Using a case study method, the article investigates the impact New Public Management (NPM), through outsourcing has had on the management of government information at the Swedish Transport Agency. In April 2015 the Agency outsourced its IT-operations to IBM company. Some of the IBM sub-contractors had not been cleared by the Swedish Security Service. This exposed the Agency’s information to risk. By outsourcing the IT operations, the General Director of the Agency deviated from the laws governing government information such as the Swedish Security Protection Act, the Personal Data Act and the Publicity and Secrecy Act. Design/methodology/approach: The researcher has applied a case study method as the investigation focuses on a phenomenon in a real-life setting. The case study method entails the use of past studies, which facilitates the exploration and understanding of a complex issue. The phenomenon under investigation is NPM’s impact, through outsourcing, on the management of public information at the Swedish Transportation Agency. Findings: Outsourcing should be foregone by well-formulated contracts that should put into consideration the management of government information and the involvement of all stakeholders such as records managers/archivists, IT personnel, heads of departments, lawyers and business analysts. Outsourcing risks to compromise the two tenets of democracy that is, accountability and transparency which are central to Swedish public administrations’ operations. Research limitations/implications: The study is limited by the fact that it only presents the views of the archivists. This was, however, purposely done because their voice was missing during the discussions that followed after the data breach scandal had become public knowledge. Additionally, archivists are supposed to play a major role in the management of government information at Swedish institutions. Further research that will involve different categories of employees might give a deeper and better understanding of the impact that NPM, through outsourcing, is having on the management of government information and what implications this might have on issues of trust, transparency and accountability. Practical implications: The study demonstrates the need for well-formulated outsourcing contracts that will include information management clauses. It is of crucial importance in a democratic society that access to government information is not compromised as institutions endeavor to achieve efficiency and high-quality service delivery. Social implications: It is government information that gives citizens knowledge about the various processes of government institutions. It is therefore of paramount importance that government information is not left in the hands of unauthorized companies that are involved in the outsourcing activity but should be securely managed and guarded, as the opposite might pose privacy and national security challenges and hence undermine the trust that citizens have in government institutions. Originality/value: The search that the author conducted confirmed paucity in research that discusses issues related to NPM, outsourcing and the management of government information. This paper is therefore a contribution to the discourse from an archives and information management perspective.

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