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

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posted on 2010-08-03, 00:00 authored by Peter Macauley, Terry EvansTerry Evans, M Pearson
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.
Article Outline

History

Journal

Library & information science research

Volume

32

Issue

4

Pagination

258 - 264

Publisher

Pergamon

Location

Oxford, England

ISSN

0740-8188

eISSN

1873-1848

Language

eng

Notes

Available online 3 August 2010

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2010, Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.