Websites and Internationalization: A Survey of Norwegian Academic, Research and Special Libraries

Maria-Carme Torras 1  and Robert W. Vaagan 1
  • 1 University of Bergen Library, Bergen & Faculty of Journalism, Library and Information Science, Oslo University College, Oslo, Norway

Norway currently has 362 academic, research and special libraries, most of which have developed websites to provide a variety of online services to users, including a growing number of part-time and distance education users. While most websites and services are provided in Norwegian only, forces of globalization are pushing institutions to provide an increasing range of services also in English. Based on an analysis of all 362 library websites, including a typical case sampling of three case studies, the article argues that an increasing amount of information will be made available in English on library websites, but that the process will stop short of full bilingual provision.

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