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ERIC Number: ED511568
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-26
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
A Bibliometric Study: An Author Analysis of "Library Quarterly" 1993-2003 (Volumes 63-73)
Ross, Sheletha
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In an academic library, the use of online databases and electronic journals is becoming more prevalent. Such resources are being used to assist in distance education programs and online learning environments. Students in other states have access to the same information available to students who live close to campus. The use of these sources has major implications for libraries, including budgetary constraints, collection development, and the role of the librarian. Using volumes 63 through 73 of "Library Quarterly" published in 1993 through 2003, the study examines developing trends in content of the articles published, repeat authorship, and author affiliation. In conducting the research, it was hypothesized that for repeat authorship, more contributors to "Library Quarterly" for volumes 63-73 (1993-2003) are from colleges or universities with 5000 or more students. Secondly, that more than 50 percent of the articles published in the latter five-year period (1999-2003) than the first five-year period (1993-1998) are about the use of online sources, i.e. electronic journals, database subscriptions, etc. for "Library Quarterly." Five hundred seventy-five of the 772 articles included in the study for volumes 63-73 of "Library Quarterly" are about book reviews, which is 74.5 percent. The second leading topic is library science with 127 of the 772 articles having it as a subject, which is 16.5 percent. Combining subjects such as electronic and Internet yield only 3 of out 772 articles, which is 0.39 percent. This would indicate that the major focus of articles in "Library Quarterly" deals with the physical and practical aspects of librarianship and library and information science. The large number of book reviews indicates a keen interest in collection development. The shortage of articles about electronic sources, databases and online subscriptions could be attributed to the audience. If the audience does not have monies in their library budgets for electronic information, then it would be a disservice for "Library Quarterly" to write about services that cannot be used. Collection development, on the other hand, is a continuous process for all libraries. Suggestions for additional reading are provided. (Contains 5 tables.)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A