Library and Information Science Research in the 21st Century: A Guide for Practicing Librarians and Students

Library and Information Science Research in the 21st Century: A Guide for Practicing Librarians and Students

by Ibironke Lawal

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843343721
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Publication date: 08/01/2009
Series: Chandos Information Professional Series
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Ibironke Lawal is currently Associate Professor and Librarian for Engineering & Science at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia. Her article Scholarly Communication: The use and non-use of E-print archives for the dissemination of scientific information, published in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Fall, 2002, Available at: http://www.istl.org/02-fall/article3.html won the ASEE-ELD Best Paper Award 2003.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

List of figures and tables xi

About the author xiii

Preface xv

1 Introduction 1

Brief history of librarianship 1

Training for the library and information profession: historical overview 2

The 1-year Master's programme 9

Library education: the case for research capabilities 11

Why library schools fail 18

European perspective 20

Conclusions 21

2 The significance of research in the library and information profession 23

What is research? 25

Origin of the research enterprise in library and information science 30

Justification for research methods course in the library and information science core curriculum 30

Digital Natives versus Digital Immigrants 32

Conclusions and suggestions 39

3 Overview of the research process 41

Getting started 43

Where to find ideas 43

Hypothesis formulation 50

Review of current literature 52

Database searching 54

Library literature and information science 55

Ethical issues 57

Conclusions 62

4 Research designs 63

Variables 63

Experimental designs 66

Non-experimental design 71

Qualitative research methods 79

Focus groups 86

Conclusions 88

5 Data collection 91

Population and sampling 93

Gathering quantitative data 96

Data gathering for a qualitative study 112

Conclusions 114

6 Data analysis 115

Quantitative data analysis 115

Qualitative data analysis 132

Conclusions 137

7 Collaboration 139

Definitions of collaboration 139

The mechanics of collaboration 141

Tools 149

Challenges of collaboration 154

Conclusions 155

8 Preparing and publishing research reports 157

Types of writing 160

Writing for peer-reviewed publication 162

Preparing a research manuscript for publication 163

Increasing your chances of acceptance 169

Finding a suitable journal 169

Rejection 171

Writing 172

Some tips on writing 175

Conclusions 177

9 Conclusions 179

References and additional reading 183

Glossary 205

Index 209.

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