OSU Libraries honored for specialized librarianship

Oregon State University Libraries is being honored for its work in specialized librarianship by the Special Libraries Association.

OSU Libraries is in the top four percent of the country in terms of scholarly productivity in the field of special librarianship, that is librarians who specialize in areas such as science, engineering, medicine and architecture, among others. OSU Libraries placed among the top 50 universities according to a recent study by Tony Stankus and Deborah E. Brown of the University of Arkansas. Each of the top institutions was honored and presented with a certificate detailing their ranking during a special roll-call event on June 13 at the Special Libraries Association’s annual conference in Philadelphia.  OSU Libraries ranked 35th nationally.

The rankings were based on the libraries that contributed the most papers to the literature of special librarianship from 2000-2010, based on an analysis of the author affiliations of over 2,000 papers of substantive research or professional commentary in the 11 most cited journals in these areas.

Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit global organization for innovative information and knowledge professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves some 10,000 corporate, academic, government, and other information specialists in 75 countries. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy, and networking initiatives. For more information, see www.sla.org.

~ Theresa Hogue

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