Vårheim, A., Steinmo, S., Ide, E., 2008. Do libraries matter? Public libraries and the creation o...

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Vårheim, A., Steinmo, S., Ide, E., 2008. Do libraries matter? Public libraries and the creation of social capital, Journal of Documentation, Vol. 64 Iss: 6 pp. 877 - 892 by Mind Map: Vårheim, A., Steinmo, S., Ide, E., 2008. Do libraries matter? Public libraries and the creation of social capital, Journal of Documentation, Vol. 64 Iss: 6 pp. 877 - 892

1. David says: the library leaders want people to interact formally, or they won't interact. I missed this.

1.1. Perhaps because...

1.1.1. Hard to measure soft aspects

1.1.1.1. Doesn't help with interacting with the bean counters.

1.1.2. Performance measures interfering

2. Before concluding that the low impact nature of libraries probably contributes to generalised trust.

3. And they say the same thing a few times about the lack of proofs

4. Then there are pages and pages of numbers relating to 'counting' trust. Counting trust, I ask you; it's like being at stage 5 of happiness, or something. Too wild for me.

5. Social capital = Social Trust

5.1. is associated with multiple positive societal developments

5.1.1. democracy

5.1.2. government efficiency

5.1.3. economic development

5.1.4. community development

5.1.5. schooling

5.1.6. individual health and well-being

5.1.7. combating crime, drug abuse, and teenage pregnancies

5.2. Generalised trust = trust of most people

5.2.1. "...it seems that generalized trust is created neither in voluntary associations nor in more informal settings such as neighborhoods." P878

5.2.2. Created in Public Library

5.2.2.1. "...it is clear that libraries are places where (sometimes diverse) groups of individuals come and that they are the epitome of the universalistic/egalitarian public program." P878

5.2.2.2. Although there "is little substantive evidence demonstrating how or whether public institutions (e.g. public libraries) actually contribute to generalized social trust." P878

5.2.2.2.1. Ad nauseum...

5.2.3. Contact hypotheses, p879

5.2.3.1. On the one hand "this area is not well defined and a vast variety of interactions need to be investigated."

5.2.3.2. On the other, "it has strong support in the social psychological research literature (Pettigrew, 1998), where strict pre conditions are set towards the nature of contact for contact to have effect on trust."

5.3. Particularised trust = trust of own kind of people