Bibliometrics and LIS Education: How Do They Fit Together?
Dangzhi Zhao, Howard White, Dietmar Wolfram, Jamshid Beheshti, Judit Bar-Ilan
and Jonathan Levitt
ASIST 2011 Annual Meeting
New Orleans, LA, October 9-12, 2011
Bibliometrics has been both studied and applied in a variety of research fields, such as Library and Information Science (LIS), Sociology, history of science, business, management and research policy. In the LIS field, however, there has been an interesting phenomenon: Bibliometrics is quite strong in research as seen from bibliometric maps of LIS literature, but very weak in education as seen from LIS course offerings. This phenomenon invites serious questions, such as
- Why is this the case?
- Who is doing Bibliometrics? Where and how do they get their training?
- Are these kinds of training enough for conducting quality research?
- Why or why not should we strengthen Bibliometrics education in LIS programs in North America?
- What should be a proper place of Bibliometrics in LIS education?
The panelists, who are both Bibliometrics researchers and university LIS educators from different regions of the world, will share their views of these and related questions. The panel will start with opening remarks from each panelist in the format of 20x20 presentations, and will then open the floor for discussion among the panelists and with the audience. This panel is expected to benefit both research and education in LIS.
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