Here you find information about the research conducted by the university’s 65 professors, 173 senior lecturers, 170 lecturers, and 88 doctoral students (Mars 2019).

Helena Francke

Helena Francke


Senior Lecturer

Swedish School of Library and Information Science

Phone: 033-4354320

E-mail: helena.francke@hb.se

Room number: C534

Signature: HFR

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.