The purpose of this study is to determine the place of library and information Science (LIS) research within leading knowledge management (KM) journals and conferences.
Authors examined articles published from 2000-2018 in top-20 KM publications identified by Google Scholar to look for relationship with LIS. Authors analyzed the identified LIS-related articles to determine the publication trends based on LIS terms used, populations, authorship pattern, country, information setting type and top-cited articles.
Authors found that the coverage of LIS-related articles within leading KM publications was very low. From the more than 10,000 KM research articles, less than 1 per cent were LIS-related.
This study would help LIS researchers measure the space they have created for their field within leading KM research. By showing the relatively low coverage of LIS within KM research, the study demonstrates that LIS researchers/practitioners need to do more for LIS to be recognized as an important area within KM. KM publications can also enable greater synergies with LIS for mutual benefit.
LIS researchers have increasingly called for KM implementation within libraries. The KM field has a long history in library practice in the context of managing and organizing codified knowledge. Both KM and LIS share the common goals of providing access to knowledge for sharing, transfer and use. However, hardly any studies have looked at the amount of synergy or overlap between these two different but related areas, and whether LIS matters to KM, even though LIS practitioners have been highlighting that KM matters to LIS.
An earlier version of this article (including articles only from top journals, and without articles from the top conferences analyzed) outlining the first phase of the project was presented in the 81st Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Vancouver, Canada, 9-14 November 2018 (Agarwal and Islam, 2018). This article presents the findings of the second phase and refers to both the phases as necessary.
Islam, M. and Agarwal, N. (2020), "What is the impact of library and information science on knowledge management research?", VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/VJIKMS-11-2018-0098Download as .RIS
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