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Academic libraries and development: A bibliometric analysis of LIS journals relating to funding

Jeffrey Sootheran (Library, Mississippi College, Clinton, Mississippi, USA)

The Bottom Line

ISSN: 0888-045X

Article publication date: 4 November 2014




The purpose of this paper is to examine publication patterns of scholarly literature related to academic libraries and development (i.e. funding), including publication trends over a five-year period, core journals and authorship, so that library directors and library development officers will have a basic collection of relevant resources.


The methodology consisted of journal article searches in three databases relating to the field of library information science with 2006-2010 as the date limiter. The primary search terms came from the topic of this study and were joined to secondary-level search terms by using the Boolean operator: AND. Secondary-level keywords originated from the literature review and the search process. Results were stored in an Excel file based on pre-determined categories and were evaluated based on the research questions.


There were 106 articles published on the topic of academic libraries and development authored by 164 individuals, pairs, groups or associations during the five-year period of 2006-2010. In 2010, the greatest number of articles (35) was published on the topic, but in 2008, the least number (14) was published.


This study takes the bibliometric analysis approach, which has rarely been used on the topic of academic libraries and development work with the specific focus on library funding. It provides a foundation for further research on the topic, as well as resources to be used by library practitioners.



The author wishes to acknowledge the SLIS faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi for pouring out their unending knowledge of the library field and continual guidance with the research process.


Sootheran, J. (2014), "Academic libraries and development: A bibliometric analysis of LIS journals relating to funding", The Bottom Line, Vol. 27 No. 3, pp. 107-122.



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