The scholarly journal and disciplinary identity: An autoethnographic reading of The Library QuarterlyAssociation for Library and Information Science (ALISE) Annual Conference (2014)
AbstractScholarly journals play important roles in the dissemination of information and knowledge. However, beginning with the early days of science, journals have had other forms of influence (Price, 1986; Hunter, 2010). In particular, journals have contributed to the "building of scientific communities" (Functions of Scientific Journals section, para 3, Schaffner, 1994), and this has been true for the field we now call library and information science (LIS). In the LIS example, the journal has played an important role in identity formation since the founding of the Library Journal in 1876. Approximately 55 years later, the founding of several scholarly and technical journals, including The Library Quarterly (1931), the Journal of Documentary Reproduction (1938), which would later and in a roundabout way evolve into JASIS&T (Farkas-Conn, 1990), and College and Research Libraries (1939), created additional outlets for the "publication of professional problems" (Hamlin, p. 60, 1981). For Hamlin, the addition of these journals signified a decade of wonders for librarians. In general, though, they helped usher in modern librarianship, evolve areas such as information science from documentation, and provide a cultural record of the efforts made by the people involved – something to refer to and to identify with as members of a community.
- library and information science,
- academic journals
Citation InformationC. Sean Burns. "The scholarly journal and disciplinary identity: An autoethnographic reading of The Library Quarterly" Association for Library and Information Science (ALISE) Annual Conference (2014)
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