The role of the school library: reflections from Sweden

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Libraries are critical learning spaces and may play a significant role in intercultural education initiatives, particularly in Sweden where the national curriculum ascribes central functions to libraries for learning activities. Unfortunately, the ways in which teachers and librarians may collaborate to leverage mutual resources is not fully understood. This article uses Pirjo Lahdenperä’s model of intercultural education development to consider the case of a small school library in a highly diverse urban neighbourhood. Although public libraries in Scandinavia can support intercultural educational values by addressing individual needs and complementing curriculum-based teaching, the development of new teaching practices requires additional guidance as well as institutional support.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-507
JournalIntercultural Education
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Educational Sciences


  • school libraries
  • diversity
  • Multilingualism
  • intercultural education
  • organisational development
  • reading for pleasure


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