ERIC Number: ED401937
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov-15
Content Analysis of Journal Literature in Library and Information Science from June 1994-June 1995.
This study analyzes 312 articles in 10 library and information science periodicals published between June 1994 and June 1995. The purpose of the analysis was to collect information relating to subject trends and authorship characteristics. Management, acquisitions, library services, professional concerns, and library history were the most popular subjects and had the greatest number of occurrences. The subjects were regrouped into fewer categories and then information technology, library services, management, and professional concerns were the most popular. Authorship was analyzed with regard to the sex, occupation, and institutional affiliation of the author. Male authors wrote 184 (60.5%) of the articles and females wrote 120 (39.5%), a significant increase in the number of male authors. Occupations of the authors were cross tabulated by gender to reveal that 58% of the library directors and deans who publish are male. The number of reference librarians who publish showed a considerable increase since the last time a similar analysis was undertaken. Analysis of the affiliations of authors revealed that 243 (77.9%) were affiliated with academic libraries. The content of the articles was studied in order to determine whether they were research or non-research based articles, and the type of research method used. The most popular method of research remained the survey method, and 224 (71%) were non-research based. Appendices include a coding sheet and lists of journals, affiliations, occupations, subjects, and research methods. (Contains 10 references.) (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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