Title
Becoming partners in urban development : a case-study research on the strategic roles of Flemish and Dutch public libraries in the future development of cities
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Publication type
article
Publication
Subject
Economics
Source (journal)
Library management
Volume/pages
34(2013) :8/9 , p. 650-663
ISSN
0143-5124
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c:vabb:372810
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine the role of public libraries within urban networks aiming for the future development and innovation of cities and how this influences their own strategic plans and decision making Design/methodology/approach An explorative case-study design in five Flemish (i.e. Antwerp, Genk, Ghent, Ostend and Roeselare) and four Dutch (i.e. Amsterdam, The Hague, Delft and Roosendaal) public libraries. Findings The research results identify one generic strategic role and three specific strategic roles of Flemish and Dutch public libraries. The latter concern the so-called roles of an urban landmark, an area-oriented herald and a target group patron. Practical implications This paper provides a unique and interesting overview of alternative strategic roles for public libraries in urban networks aiming for the future development of cities. Originality/value It is the only study in Flanders and the Netherlands providing empirical information on the strategic roles of public libraries in urban development
E-info
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/iruaauth/9dd687/4deaeae54d0.pdf
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