Library Trends 69 (4) Spring 2021: Researching Practice / Practicing Research: The Public Library in Partnership with Academia. [Restricted Access]

 

Library Trends 69 (4) Spring 2021: Researching Practice / Practicing Research: The Public Library in Partnership with Academia. Edited by Joyce M. Latham and Noah Lenstra.


In 2012, Canadian public librarian Pam Ryan wrote about “the grim reality of low public librarian research and publication rates” (5). Woods and Booth (2013) provide some quantitative backing to this claim: among all types of practitioner research in librarianship, public librarian research is the least common. Only 0.6 percent of articles in their sample came from public librarians, behind 5.4 percent from school librarians. Adkins (2019) notes this problem emerges from multiple sources, including the fact that “the publication venues for research on public librarianship are relatively few, and the people writing in this area are relatively small in number” (211). It may also be “due in part to the municipal and fragmented nature of the public library. As most public libraries are products of their communities, they each have a unique story about their beginnings and their challenges” (230). Regardless of the reasons why, public librarians compose only 14 percent of the authors in her dataset of prolific voices in the public library literature, meaning that the voices of public librarians are underrepresented even within the small research literature on public libraries.


Library Trends (ISSN 0024-2594) is an essential tool for librarians and educators alike. Each issue thoroughly explores a current topic of interest in professional librarianship and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is published quarterly for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science by The Johns Hopkins University Press. For subscription information email jlorder [at] jhupress.jhu.edu, or visit www.press.jhu.edu/journals.

Collection Statistics