The institutional identity of libraries – a theoretical framework

Defining the institutional identity of libraries can be done in many ways. Several questions have to be answered, each one of them creating specific problems which have to be addressed. What is a library in the first place? Is it possible to speak of ‘libraries’ in a general sense or is it necessary to narrow the concept down to specific types of libraries? Can libraries be defined as institutions? Is it at all possible to speak of an institutional identity of libraries – and if so – of what does such an identity consist?

Institutional identity is a concept used in several academic disciplines. Among the most prominent is organisational psychology, where the concept covers issues ...

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