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ERIC Number: EJ1087370
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 83
Social Capital and Library and Information Science Research: Definitional Chaos or Coherent Research Enterprise?
Johnson, Catherine A.
Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, v20 n4 Dec 2015
Introduction: This paper presents a review of research framed within the concept of social capital and published by library and information science researchers. Method: Ninety-nine papers fitting the criteria of having a specific library and information science orientation were identified from two periodical databases: "Library and information science and technology abstracts" and "Library literature." Analysis: Each of the papers was read to identify which social capital theorists were cited, the research area of the researchers and how social capital was conceptualised and measured. Results: The review found that although social capital was conceptualised somewhat differently depending on the research focus, social capital, in general, was investigated from either a societal or individual (and sometimes both) perspective and was defined as the benefits derived from both bonding and bridging ties. Conclusion: Although the conceptualisation of social capital across the various research areas in library and information science has largely converged, there still remain concerns about measurement validity.
Descriptors: Social Capital, Library Research, Information Science, Social Theories, Research Reports, Public Libraries, Knowledge Management, Information Technology, Information Seeking
Thomas D. Wilson. 9 Broomfield Road, Broomhill, Sheffield, S10 2SE, UK. Web site: http://informationr.net/ir
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
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