Is digitalization the only driver of convergence? Theorizing relations between libraries, archives, and museums

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to theorize and discuss potential factors for convergence between libraries, archives and museums (LAMs). Design/methodology/approach: This is a conceptual paper that criticizes existing research on the convergence between the LAMs for a lack of theoretical reflection and a sacralization of technology. Therefore, concepts such as convergent evolution, isomorphism, social fields and autonomy are used to analyze other potential factors for convergence. Findings: The paper demonstrates that digitalization is not the only potential driver of convergence between the LAMs. Indeed, other changes in institutions’ environments, such as societal changes, shifts in cultural policy and increasingly common practices among cultural institutions can represent important drivers. Research limitations/implications: Given that this paper is primarily based on theoretical reflections, future research should empirically investigate the non-digital factors suggested for convergence. Originality/value: The paper represents an attempt to detect a “blind spot” in existing research on convergences between the LAM institutions and to identify some potential paths for future research to follow.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Documentation
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)1258-1273
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019

    Research areas

  • Archives, Autonomy, Convergence, Convergent evolution, Digitalization, Isomorphism, Libraries, Museums

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