Helena Francke

Helena Francke

Senior Lecturer

I am associate professor of Library and Information Science. In my research, I have primarily focused on the expressions that the use of digital media take, e.g. concerning credibility and authority, information seeking, publishing, and organizational development. Lately, I have, among other things, studied the new tasks that academic libraries take on with regard to publishing and evaluation, for example in the project Open e-services which brings together expertise on open access, open standards and open file formats. I also collaborate with researchers in Pedagogical work on a project which investigates the use of apps in school education, SAPP. I work in the Knowledge in a Digital World project at Lund university. As part of KDW I study trust and credibility in the context of social networking services aimed at academics.

I have worked at the University of Borås as a teacher and researcher since 1999. In 2008, I defended my Ph.D. dissertation The (re)creation of scholarly journals: Document and information architecture in Open Access e-journals. Before that, I had studied Library and information science at the University of Borås and English and Comparative literature at the University of Gothenburg. I worked within the research project Expertise, authority and control on the Internet (EXACT) funded by the Swedish Research Council between 2008-2012. In the academic year 2010-2011 I had a post doc position at the University of Borås.

Between 1999 and 2007, I was one of the editors of Human IT: Journal for Information Technology Studies as a Human Science.

Scholarly publishing and media and information literacy are also areas where I do the majority of my teaching (see Assignments).

Title of Dissertation

The (re)creation of scholarly journals: Document and information architecture in Open Access e-journals.

Supervision of doctoral students

  • Fredrik Hanell, Lunds universitet



Since 2015 I am strategic advisor on research at the Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT. This means that I work strategically and practically with research issues at the Faculty level.

I am a member of the research group Information practices and co-director of The Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS) at the University of Gothenburg and the University of Borås since spring 2010.

I have also been a member of the department's Postgraduate Education Committee, most recently 2009-2011.


I am one of two programme coordinators for the Master's Degree programme Library and Information Science, distance education and of the Master's Degree programme Library and Information Science: Digital Library and Information Services. The latter programme is offered in English.

I teach in the two Master's programmes and in the Bachelor's Degree programmes Librarianship and Web editor, as well as in the PhD education. During fall 2016 I teach at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Voluntary work

During 2014-2015, I was Record holder for ASIS&T European Chapter.


Phone: 033-4354320
E-mail: helena.francke@hb.se

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