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Public Libraries and the Sharing Economy: From Tangible Sharing to Intangible Access

  • Journal of the Korean Society for Library and Information Science
  • 2022, 56(1), pp.151-173
  • DOI : 10.4275/KSLIS.2022.56.1.151
  • Publisher : 한국문헌정보학회
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Library and Information Science
  • Received : January 17, 2022
  • Accepted : February 14, 2022
  • Published : February 28, 2022

seungmin lee 1

1중앙대학교

Excellent Accredited

ABSTRACT

The concept of the sharing economy, which has shifted the economic paradigm from possession to access to resources, is consistent with the traditional and current roles of public libraries. Thus, this research empirically analyzed the influence relationships between public library use and the sharing economy. Results showed that participation in public library programs serves as a motivational factor for satisfaction with and trust in the sharing economy, while the use of public library facilities and equipment is correlated with attitudes toward and participation in the sharing economy. The use of library collections positively influences sharing intangible resources such as knowledge, information, and personal experience. By contrast, checking out library resources negatively influences the recognition of economic benefits from sharing, which is contrary to claims of library communities. Based on these results, public libraries should aim to have a complementary effect on the sharing economy founded not only on information networks but also human networks grounded in social relationships.

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