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Here you find information about the research conducted by the university’s 31 professors, 172 senior lecturers, 171 lecturers, and 67 doctoral students (April 2020).

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 open access to publications and management and sharing of research data.

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.

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.


Research Groups

Supervision of doctoral students



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.

Together with Ola Pilerot, I lead the research group Information practices. I was also 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 2010-2018.

I am a member of the Postgraduate Education Committee in Library and Information Science.


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. I also lead professional development courses in Scholarly publishing and Research data management. During fall 2016 I taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Voluntary work

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