Australian PhDs by LIS educators, researchers and practitioners : depicting diversity and demise

Macauley, Peter, Evans, Terry and Pearson, Margot 2010, Australian PhDs by LIS educators, researchers and practitioners : depicting diversity and demise, Library & information science research, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 258-264, doi: 10.1016/j.lisr.2010.07.007.

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Title Australian PhDs by LIS educators, researchers and practitioners : depicting diversity and demise
Author(s) Macauley, Peter
Evans, TerryORCID iD for Evans, Terry
Pearson, Margot
Journal name Library & information science research
Volume number 32
Issue number 4
Start page 258
End page 264
Publisher Pergamon
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2010-08-03
ISSN 0740-8188
Summary Analyses of more than 73,000 PhD thesis records in a comprehensive database of bibliographic records from all Australian universities from 1948 to 2006 demonstrate that PhDs on LIS-related topics reveal not only diversity of content, but also the diverse nature of the researcher's academic disciplines. This diversity includes researchers from within and outside LIS who bring to LIS–or take away–a variety of methods, approaches, theories and understandings. With 27 of Australia's 39 universities having produced LIS-related PhD graduates, the distribution through the Australian university system is evident and emphasizes the transferability of skills and knowledge which graduates bring to their work. It is possible that the diversity of researcher's disciplines, combined with the dangerously low numbers of LIS graduations, may also threaten the future of LIS research and education in Australia. Based on the findings of this study, the sustainability of LIS research and research training for the next generation in Australia is under threat.
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Notes Available online 3 August 2010
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.lisr.2010.07.007
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
080706 Librarianship
Socio Economic Objective 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
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