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Analysis of ASEE-ELD Conference Proceedings: 2000-2009 Abstract
This study examines the papers and posters from the annual American Society for Engineering Education – Engineering Libraries Division (ASEE-ELD) programs over the last ten years. The bibliometric analysis provides an overview of authorship and content, as well as insights into the Division and what it values. It also gives context that is useful to both newer and longtime ASEE-ELD members. Unlike many other studies of single publications, contributions to annual ASEE-ELD programs were not systematically indexed and tangible artifacts do not exist for all contributions. Primary sources were consulted to identify the contributors and their contributions; however, this was often limited to just bibliographic information. The advent of “publish-to-present” for all papers and posters in 2009 will provide systematic archiving in the future, but is of limited use for the period studied. Considering the move to “publish-to-present” and a decade that brought significant change to the profession, it seems appropriate to reflect upon the past decade through such an analysis. The contributors were summarized both qualitatively and quantitatively in terms of authorship, co-authorship, and institutional/organizations affiliations. Since full-length papers do not exist for all contributions prior to 2009, content analysis is based on titles of the papers and posters. The titles were analyzed using both a standard classification scheme and textual analysis software to identify topics and keywords/phrases, respectively. These topics and keywords/phrases were further analyzed for patterns and trends. The analysis not only presents a snapshot of where our profession and Division has been, but potentially identifies future directions.
Bibliographic analysis of a single publication can provide valuable insights into a publication, as well as the interests and values of an organization if associated with a particular professional society. Single publication studies are performed for a variety of reasons, though most often to study the characteristics, trends, impact, and authorship within a specific publication or discipline. The objective of this study is to examine authorship and content of the American Society for Engineering Education – Engineering Libraries Division (ASEE-ELD) papers and posters from 2000 to 2009 in order to obtain a snapshot of the state of the publication and identify trends.
The idea of a single bibliometric publication study is not new. To date, there have been over 180 single journal bibliometric studies and the field has matured to the point that there are at least two review articles summarizing these studies. Tiew1 reviewed the literature from 1969 to 1997 and identified 102 single publication studies covering library and information science, medicine, science and technology, and the arts, social sciences, and humanities. He categorized the 102 studies into four general categories: bibliometric studies on single journals (40 studies), citation analysis of single journals (45 studies), content analysis of single journals (11 studies), and other aspects of bibliometric study on single journals (6 studies). These studies were reviewed and discussed in terms of the four categories and the aforementioned disciplines. Anyi, Zainab, and Anuar 2 examined the literature from 1998 to 2008, essentially continuing the work of Tiew.
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