Information Transfer in Articles About Libraries and Student Success
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Connecting academic libraries to the higher education environment is crucial for demonstrating the impact of libraries on student success. The purpose of this study is to examine the information transfer between the disciplines of library and information science (LIS) and higher education in order to evaluate the influence of ideas between the two disciplines. The methods of information transfer were analyzed in 39 articles focused on the librarys contributions to student success by examining the cited references, the author and collaborator affiliations, and the forward citations. The findings from the cited reference analysis suggest that LIS is borrowing concepts and methods through citations from the discipline of education. Authorship affiliations showed that some non-LIS authors are publishing in the field of LIS and that LIS authors are collaborating with non-LIS authors. Finally, based on the forward citations, other disciplines are rarely citing LIS research about student success. This articles findings highlight the need to consider research and collaborators outside of the LIS field when researching the librarys contribution to student success.
JOURNAL OF ACADEMIC LIBRARIANSHIP
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