Dissertation Information for Connie Jean Van Fleet
MPACT Status: Fully Complete
Title: Communication between public librarians and library educators as reflected in the public library journal literature: A reference analysis
Abstract: Communication models of the sciences and professions indicate the presence of subcultures with varying role responsibilities which interact to provide a relevant knowledge base. A literature review of library and information science reveals parallel subcultures in public librarianship: public librarians and library educators. A reference analysis of public library literature suggests that these two groups interact by citing each others' work, but that the literature is dominated by the work of others, both as authors and as authors of referenced works. Additional analysis indicates that library educators tend to provide references with greater frequency, and that these tend to be explicit in form. This result is not unexpected, given the different approaches to literature and research necessitated by the different primary roles of educators and librarians. The hypotheses that library educators act as gatekeepers for the profession by providing references to a wider variety of disciplines, a wider variety of formats, and more recent publications are not supported, although various interpretations of these findings are suggested by examination of the literature. Further delineation of categories, analysis of reference function, and exploration of the distribution of dates of publication of referenced works may be important in revealing differences underlying superficial similarities in the referencing practices of the two groups.
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