Publication Patterns of Academic Health Sciences Librarians

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Why the Interest?. Librarians at LHL have non tenure-earning faculty appointmentsAchieve higher academic rank via the promotion processPromotions committees include colleagues from outside the libraryMany disciplines have ?standard" expected for promotion. What Would We Like to Know?. Average pu

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1. Publication Patterns of Academic Health Sciences Librarians Patricia C. Higginbottom Tracy E. Powell Jack T. Smith, Jr. Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences University of Alabama at Birmingham

2. Why the Interest? Librarians at LHL have non tenure-earning faculty appointments Achieve higher academic rank via the promotion process Promotions committees include colleagues from outside the library Many disciplines have “standard” expected for promotion

3. What Would We Like to Know? Average publication rates for academic health sciences librarians Author order-are there patterns and do they mean anything? Publishing patterns by rank Publishing patterns by institution

4. How Can We Find Out? Review literature on what has been done What do we need that hasn’t been investigated? Develop methodology to answer the specific questions we have What is “doable”? Gather the data and see what it tells us Can we answer all of our questions?

5. What Answers are in the Literature? Type of publication/where published Type of librarian author Type of article published Number of articles published by an author Factors influencing research and publication Mularski, BMLA, 1991

6. Methodology Identify potential pool of academic health sciences library (AHSL) authors Identify AHSL authors of journal articles Search for additional articles by those authors Include enough time to get valid representation Examine data by author and by institution

7. Methodology Compare like items by excluding the following: letters to the editor editorials reviews of books, media, software obituaries proceedings of annual meetings introductions to symposia prefaces oral histories book chapters

8. What Did We Gather? Potential author pool is AAHSL professional staff Maximum of 160 institutions over 13-year period Average # of AAHSL potential authors in time period is 1449 “Qualifying” articles to develop published author pool from TSQ, MRSQ, BMLA/JMLA -some institutions merged, etc.-some institutions merged, etc.

9. TSQ-2, 158 MRSQ-236, 136 BMLA-339, 296 TSQ-2, 158 MRSQ-236, 136 BMLA-339, 296

10. Avg number per year-1449 All author instances-1271 Aahsl author instances-950 Unique AAHSL authors-536Avg number per year-1449 All author instances-1271 Aahsl author instances-950 Unique AAHSL authors-536

11. What Did We Gather? Searched for journal articles by identified authors in other databases Lib Lit, ISTA Tallied number of articles and number of author instances Compiled data by individual author and by institution By institution from qualifying articles and from ISTABy institution from qualifying articles and from ISTA

12. Qualifying articles: 576 articles, 950 author instances Lib Lit/ISTA articles: 516 articles, 538 author instances Total Articles: 1092 articles, 1488 author instances Greater percentage of LibLit/ISTA articles had one AAHSL authorQualifying articles: 576 articles, 950 author instances Lib Lit/ISTA articles: 516 articles, 538 author instances Total Articles: 1092 articles, 1488 author instances Greater percentage of LibLit/ISTA articles had one AAHSL author

13. Or = 20, 1; 10-19=12; 5-9=63; 4=62, 3=72; 2=103 (19%); 1=46% (46%) 65% had 1 or 2 articlesOr = 20, 1; 10-19=12; 5-9=63; 4=62, 3=72; 2=103 (19%); 1=46% (46%) 65% had 1 or 2 articles

14. What Have We Found? From 1990-2002, 536 AAHSL librarians appeared as author 1488 times, in 1092 articles, in the library literature Most of the included articles had either 1 or 2 authors The average # articles/ # librarians for all AAHSL institutions was 0.44 for 1990-2002 The average # articles/ # librarians for published AAHSL institutions was 0.69 for 1990-2002

15. > Or=1=25; .75-.99=11; .5-.74=19; .01-.49=54; 0=51 > Or=1=25; .75-.99=11; .5-.74=19; .01-.49=54; 0=51

16. All authors, not just AAHSL authors 1: Q=46.7, L=53.49; 2: Q=29.34, L=28.49; 3: Q=11.1, L=13.95; 4: Q=6.6, L=2.91; >4: Q=6.25, L=1.16 All authors, not just AAHSL authors 1: Q=46.7, L=53.49; 2: Q=29.34, L=28.49; 3: Q=11.1, L=13.95; 4: Q=6.6, L=2.91; >4: Q=6.25, L=1.16

17. What Have We Found? Most professional staff at AAHSL member institutions did not publish in the library literature from 1990-2002 An average of less than one article per professional position in the 13-year period is most common in AAHSL member institutions 65% of AAHSL librarians who have published have 1 or 2 articles in the time period

18. What Do We Have Left to Investigate? We have not yet examined the MEDLINE and CINAHL data for relevant articles We believe the number will be small and need to avoid skewing the data with false hits We were not able to determine faculty rank for most authors We have not determined if author position is relevant; most articles had 1 or 2 authors We also want to look at the data broken down by yearsWe also want to look at the data broken down by years

19. Questions? Thank you

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