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|Title:||Bloggership, or is publishing a blog scholarship? A survey of academic librarians|
|Author(s):||Arthur Hendricks, (Branford Price Millar Library, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, USA)|
|Citation:||Arthur Hendricks, (2010) "Bloggership, or is publishing a blog scholarship? A survey of academic librarians", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 28 Iss: 3, pp.470 - 477|
|Keywords:||Academic libraries, Academic staff, Career development, Communication, Internet|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/07378831011076701 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The aim of this paper is to gauge how academic libraries treat publishing a blog.
Design/methodology/approach – As blogging becomes more popular, the question arises as to whether it should count as scholarship or a creative activity in academic promotion and tenure. To find out, the author sent a link to a questionnaire to several e-mail lists, inviting academic librarians to answer a short survey.
Findings – In total, 73.9 percent of respondents indicated that their institution expects them to engage in scholarly activities and/or publish scholarly articles, 53.6 percent indicated that their performance review committees do not weigh a blog the same as an article published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Research limitations/implications – As technology changes, policies will need to change.
Practical implications – Libraries may need to adapt to new forms of scholarship. Electronic scholarship needs a mechanism for peer-review.
Originality/value – The paper is original – the author did not find any other surveys regarding blogging as scholarship in the library literature.
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