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Looking for knowledge management in library and information science research

Naresh Kumar Agarwal (School of Library and Information Science, Simmons University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Md. Anwarul Islam (Department of Information Science and Library Management, Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh)

Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication

ISSN: 2514-9342

Article publication date: 21 July 2020

Issue publication date: 20 October 2020




The purpose of this paper is to investigate the place of knowledge management (KM) in library and information science (LIS) research. The authors looked for KM articles published in top LIS journals since 2000.


The authors analyzed publication trends and the distribution of articles by KM-related terms used, region/country and information-setting type. The authors also identified the top-cited KM articles published in these LIS journals.


In total, 672 KM-related articles (only 3.84%) were found within the 17,491 articles published in these LIS journals.

Research limitations/implications

This low percentage shows that while it might seem like LIS people are advocating for KM in libraries and other information settings, the authors find that despite the synergies, KM is yet to find a broader place within other LIS concerns.


Research published during the past two decades has frequently discussed how KM is important for libraries and for LIS. However, the authors do not know the extent to which KM forms a part of LIS research.



A short poster introducing this work was presented at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science & Technology, Melbourne, Australia, October 19-23, 2019.


Agarwal, N.K. and Islam, M.A. (2020), "Looking for knowledge management in library and information science research", Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication, Vol. 69 No. 8/9, pp. 697-716.



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