Researchers

About This Page

Professional and scholarly resources for experienced researchers of libraries.

Resources

Agencies

The Institute of Museum and Library Services Home Page

The home page highlights the mission of IMLS which is to promote education and innovation. IMLS also provides leadership in grant making and areas of national interest.

National Center for Education Statistics

The home page for the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Global Libraries

The home page for the Gates' Foundations Global LIbrary Initiatives, aimed at ensuring all people have access to information technology in public libraries.

The Current State of Libraries

State of America's Libraries 2014

The American Library Association's review of major trends and issues facing libraries in the past year.

Library Book and Trade Almanac

The comprehensive book is a reference tool that includes statistical information, key trends, developments, new legislation, key organizations and more.

Legislative news

Keep track of pressing issues in library legislation and policy through ALA's District Dispatch blog, run by the ALA Washington Office.

For more news on hot-button topics for libraries, see the Office of Information Technology Policy's home page and the Huffington Post page, Libraries in Crisis.

Journals & Other Resources

Journals

Journal Rankings in Library and Information Science

The SCImago Journal & Country Rank is a portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus® database (Elsevier B.V.). These indicators can be used to assess and analyze scientific domains.

Google Scholar Top publications - Library & Information Science 

A listing of the top 20 publications, ordered by five-year averages based on number of citations.

Readings/Resources

Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS)

IDEALS collects, disseminates, and provides persistent and reliable access to the research and scholarship of faculty, staff, and students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Faculty, staff, and graduate students can deposit their research and scholarship - unpublished and, in many cases, published - directly into IDEALS. Departments can use IDEALS to distribute their working papers, technical reports, or other research material.

IFLA Professional Reports  82

International Library and Information Science Research: A Comparison of National Trends by Maxine K. Rochester and Pertti Vakkari

Professional Organizations

U.S. Organizations

The ALA Library Research Round Table (LRRT)

LRRT contributes toward the extension and improvement of library research; to provide public program opportunities for describing and evaluating library research projects and for disseminating their findings; to inform and educate ALA members concerning research techniques and their usefulness in obtaining information with which to reach administrative decisions and solve problems; and expand the theoretical base of the field.

Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)

ALISE aims to promote innovation and excellence in research, teaching, and service for educators and scholars in Library and Information Science and cognate disciplines internationally through leadership, collaboration, advocacy, and dissemination of research.

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Measurement & Research Methodology section

The group aims to promote excellence in the design, execution, and dissemination of research on educational measurement, methodology, psychometrics, and interpretive and statistical and mixed methods and applications.

ASIST Library Technologies (LT) (virtual) SIG/LT

The group focuses on the analysis, planning, management and use of innovative technology in library operations and networking. Among the library operations that lend themselves to computer technology, networking, and systems analysis are acquisitions, cataloging circulation, serials processing, reference, collection development, interlibrary communication and library management.

iSchools

The iSchools organization is a collection of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field.

International Associations/Organizations

International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Library Theory and Research Section

The Section on Library Theory and Research concerns itself with the continuing development of library and information science through theoretical and applied research in all aspects of the discipline.

World Education Research Association

The World Education Research Association is an association of national, regional, and international specialty research associations aimed at advancing education research as a scientific and scholarly field.

International Relations Committee (IRC)

The IRC is a standing committee of the association that seeks to foster attention to international research on education within the association and to encourage participation of education researchers worldwide in AERA activities.

 

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