Practical implications of the Serious Leisure perspective in fostering transformative partnership across the GLAM sector

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Introduction/Background: Serious Leisure (SL) includes hobbies, voluntary activities, and amateurism, which require passion and perseverance and has the potential to turn into a career. SL enthusiasts continually need to deepen their knowledge and skills in their chosen leisure pursuits; they engage in lifelong learning and rely on information sources and services offered by the GLAM sector. Therefore, they are among the most passionate supporters of the industry. Besides, they generate substantial information related to their areas of interest, and their expertise contributes to knowledge creation through various avenues such as Citizen Science projects.
Aims: This paper aims to demonstrate how the Serious Leisure Perspective (SLP) can inform and transform partnership policies and practices within the GLAM sector. Moreover, it explains the practical capacities of the SLP to foster creativity and community engagement.
Methods/Processes: The SLP is the theoretical framework of this paper that enabled the researcher to conceptualise various aspects of SL pursuits. The author also reflected on his ongoing research program on the informational aspects of the SLP. Moreover, the author reviewed the literature in this area and used a thematic analysis method to identify common themes and trends.
Findings: The SLP can inform and transform the partnership policies and practices within the GLAM sector in at least three primary ways. Firstly, information professionals can benefit from SL enthusiasts’ expertise and their unique perspectives to foster creativity and inspiration. Secondly, they can seek partnerships with local clubs and communities in various SL fields, such as arts and sports. This partnership includes a broad range of activities, spanning from volunteering to partnership in hosting cultural events or running workshops. Thirdly, it can extend their domain of action from information providers to vibrant cultural hubs that can enrich and empower their communities by facilitating meaningful leisure experiences.
Conclusion/Implications: The SLP is a theoretical framework with many capacities for practical implications. By embracing this theory, GLAM institutions position themselves as dynamic community hubs that meet their users’ evolving needs. Moreover, the sector can create inclusive and vibrant spaces that encourage meaningful connections and lifelong learning opportunities by supporting SL activities and facilitating community building.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2023
EventRAILS 2023: Research Applications in Information and Library Studies Conference 2023 - Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 30 Nov 202301 Dec 2023 (Call for papers) (Submission of full papers)


ConferenceRAILS 2023
Abbreviated titleIt Takes a Village: Transforming Information & Library Studies Research and Practice through Partnerships and Co-Design
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand

RAILS 2023 will be a fully in-person conference at the School of Information Management Victoria University of Wellington, Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus, 23, Lambton Quay, Wellington 6140


RAILS is the Australasian conference on Research Applications in Information and Library Studies, the main gathering in Australasia for academic and practitioner researchers and educators in information studies and related disciplines, including librarianship, archival science, and social and community informatics to encourage a culture of informed and innovative research practice. RAILS has been held annually since 2004.

The 16th RAILS conference will be hosted by the School of Information Management of Victoria University of Wellington. The conference will incorporate the Australasian Information Educators’ Symposium (AIES) 2020 and a Doctoral Consortium. Proposals for the RAILS full papers, panels, lightening talks, posters and doctoral consortium are invited.


The 16th RAILS conference will be on 30th November and 1st December 2023. All proposals are to be submitted by Monday 31st July 2023.
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