Visualization of the Scholarly Output on Evidence Based Librarianship: A Social Network Analysis

Erfanmanesh, Mohammadamin and Tusi, Ziba and Jafarzadeh, Rashid and Gavgani, Vahideh Zarea and Vahed, Nafiseh (2018) Visualization of the Scholarly Output on Evidence Based Librarianship: A Social Network Analysis. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 13 (4). pp. 50-69. ISSN 1715-720X, DOI

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Objective - This paper aimed to analyze worldwide research on evidence based librarianship (EBL) using Social Network Analysis (SNA). Methods - This descriptive study has been conducted using scientometrics and a SNA approach. The researchers identified 523 publications on EBL, as indexed by Scopus and Web of Science with no date limitation. A range of software tools (Ravar PreMap, Netdraw, UCINet and VOSviewer) were utilized for data visualization and analysis. Results - Results of the study revealed that the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US) occupied the topmost positions regarding centrality measures, clearly indicating their important structural roles in EBL research. The network of EBL research in terms of the degree of connectedness showed low density in the co-authorship networks of both authors (0.013) and countries (0.214). Seven subject clusters were identified in the EBL research network, four of which related to health and medicine. The occurrence of the keywords related to these four subject clusters suggested that EBL research had a greater association with the setting of health and medicine than with traditional librarianship elements such as human resources or library collection management. Conclusion - This study provided a systematic understanding of topics, research, and researchers in EBL by visualizing the networks and may thus inform the development of future aspects of EBL research and education.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Doctoral Degree (PhD). Mohammadamin Erfanmanesh. Department of Library Science & Information, Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
Uncontrolled Keywords: Scholarly output; evidence based librarianship; social network analysis
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources
Divisions: Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2019 06:03
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2019 06:03

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