Critical interpretive synthesis for informing collection decisions Academic Article uri icon


  • PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to report on the use of the critical interpretive synthesis (CIS) method as a potential tool for aiding library selection decisions.Design/methodology/approachCIS was used to model research trends in the intersection of journalism and popular culture using presentation titles collected from five years of Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference programs (20072011).FindingsCIS was determined to be effective for focusing a subject selector's current awareness activities.Research limitations/implicationsConsidering the limited information provided in the PCA/ACA programs, the researchers were required to analyze the intent of many of the presentations from their titles and the titles of the sessions where they were given.Originality/valueCIS is a flexible means of systematically producing explanatory theories directly from the data that, while new to library and information science, is useful for modeling cuttingedge research for current awareness activities.

published proceedings

  • Collection Building

author list (cited authors)

  • Bales, S., & Gee, C.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Bales, Stephen||Gee, Charlie

publication date

  • January 2013