Producing Articles for Academic Special Librarians: An Analysis of Several Peer-Reviewed Journals Found That Librarians at Schools with Large Endowments And/or Enrollments Are Most Likely to Publish, Particularly If It Is Required for Tenure and Promotion
Hardin, Amy, Information Outlook
Every day, college and university librarians specializing in science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, business, law, social services, music, art, historic preservation, and other areas help faculty members get their scholarly articles published. Both professors and special librarians know that the number of articles a university produces plays a significant role in raising a school's ranking in US News & World Report. However, it might surprise many faculty members to know that at more than 400 schools in the United States, these librarians are also contributing significantly to their own professional literature.
To measure the extent of these contributions, the BioMedical & Life Sciences Division of the Special Libraries Association, along with the Academic Division and the College and University Business Libraries Section of the Business & Finance Division, put together a presentation titled "So, They Say You Have to Publish." The presentation, developed in conjunction with SLA's 2011 Annual Conference and with the generous support of the Routledge imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, explored the phenomenon of subject specialists publishing in key library and information science journals in their respective fields. At the close of the talk, the names of the U.S. universities whose librarians published the most papers in 14 peer-reviewed journals that are emblematic of some of the largest specialties encompassed by SLA and its sister organizations were announced (see Figure 1).
Figure 1. Leading U.S. Research Universities Ranked by Articles Published for Subject Specialist Librarians 2000-2010 1 Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 112 2 Rutgers at New Brunswick & UMDNJ System 51 3 Univ. of California at Los Angeles 47 4 Pennsylvania State Univ. at University Park 46 5 Univ. of Minnesota at Twin Cities 44 5 Purdue Univ. at West Lafayette 44 7 Michigan State Univ. at East Lansing 42 8 Univ. of Texas at Austin 40 9 Indiana Univ. at Bloomington 39 10 Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 38 11 Northern Illinois Univ. at DeKalb 36 11 Univ. at Buffalo NY 36 13 Cornell Univ 35 13 Univ. of Michigan at Ann Arbor 35 15 Harvard Univ 34 16 Ohio State Univ. at Columbus 31 16 Texas A&M 31 18 Univ. of Rochester 30 19 Univ. of Arizona at Tucson 29 19 Univ. of Arkansas at Fayetteville 29 19 Yale Univ 29 22 New York Univ 28 23 City Univ. of New York 26 23 Univ. of Pittsburgh 26 25 Univ. of Colorado at Boulder 25 25 Duke Univ 25 27 Univ. of Alabama at Tuscaloosa 23 27 Univ. of Maryland at College Park 23 29 Univ. of California at Berkeley 22 29 Univ. of Florida at Gainesville 22 31 Univ. of Southern California 21 32 Univ. of Nebraska at Lincoln 20 32 Southern Illinois Univ. at Carbondale 20 32 Stony Brook Univ 20 35 Iowa State Univ. at Ames 19 35 Oregon State at Corvallis 19 37 Univ. of Oregon & Oregon Health Sciences U 18 37 Univ. of Tennessee at Knoxville 18 39 Louisiana State Univ. at Baton Rouge 17 39 Univ. of Washington at Seattle 17 41 Mayo Medical School at Rochester 16 42 Arizona State Univ. …