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Mia Høj Mathiasson

Mia Høj Mathiasson

PhD fellow

Current research

With a specific focus on the activities held at the Danish public libraries, the aim of my project is to
investigate how digitalization has affected the social and cultural role of the public library in relation to
the public sphere. What characterizes the activities held at the Danish public libraries? How are these
activities developing in relation to participatory culture and (cultural) democracy? Based on these
questions, I analyse how the development is reflecting the digitalization of society and the significance
of this development is discussed in relation to the relationship between the public libraries and the
public. The results are compared to inter-sectoral as well as international examples, which provides new
perspectives on the democratic potential of the ALM-institutions in a digital age.

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