ERIC Number: ED352054
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Analyzing Library Literature on Academic Library Automation: Authorship and Subject Coverage.
The purpose of this study is to identify and determine the extent of technological change in the development of automation as it is reflected in the professional literature and the rates at which males and females contribute to this literature. A database search of Library Literature on WILSONDISC was undertaken to identify publications written in the area of academic library automation for the years 1984-85 and 1990-1991. A total of 240 articles from the 1,198 citations identified were selected for content analysis, and coded data on author gender and article topic were input into MINITAB to derive statistics. A t-test was conducted to determine if there was a statistically significant difference in terms of publishing output of females and males. Chi-square analysis was performed to find the relationship of subject coverage to period. Of the 303 writers and editors whose gender could be identified, 54% were female and 46% male. Female authors decreased their rate of publication from 1984-85 to 1990-1991 by 5% while the male rate increased by about the same amount. The average publication output of female authors in both time periods was about five pages, while that of males was about seven. Articles were coded according to five broad subject areas and analyzed accordingly: 50% were assigned to subjects related to library operations; 21% percent to aspects of automation of library processes; 29% to information technology, 24% to information systems, and 12% to end users. Over the two periods of time, there was a significant increase in the number of articles assigned to the subject of reference services and a decrease in the articles on circulation. Articles related to optical technology increased the most over the two periods. Outlines of study procedures and a list of the journals from which citations were sampled are appended. (Contains 23 references.) (KRN)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Library Literature (Serial)
Note: M.L.S. Thesis, Kent State University.