Publishing Productivity of CUNY Library Faculty Recognized

June 23, 2011 | News

CUNY was ranked 23rd nationally with respect to the number of papers of research and professional practice  published in the leading journals for subject specialist librarians during 2000-2010.

The ranking is based on a study conducted by Tony Stankus, FSLA, Life Sciences Librarian, Science Coordinator & Professor, and Editor-in-Chief, Science & Technology Libraries at the University of Arkansas, and Amy Hardin, a member of the Special Libraries Association (SLA). The study analyzed author affiliations of over 2,000 papers published in the 11 most cited journals in special librarianship subject areas.

Curtis Kendrick, University Dean for Libraries and Information Resources, accepted the award on behalf of the CUNY libraries at a ceremony recognizing the top 50 universities ranking in the study. “This award is really for CUNY library faculty, to recognize their contributions to the literature,” he said. “I’m grateful to be accepting it on their behalf.” The event took place on June 13, 2011, as part of a session on scholarly publishing at the 2011 SLA Annual Conference in Philadelphia.

According to Mr. Stankus, the institutions ranked in the study’s top 50 are among the top 4% in the country in terms of scholarly productivity in this area. Among the institutions with authors represented in the survey were 99 of the 100 most heavily endowed research universities in the U.S. and 95 of the country’s 100 top-tier schools.

The top 50 ranking was published in the June/July issue of the SLA journal Information Outlook together with a brief commentary on the shared characteristics of the winning institutions. Detailed analyses of the study will appear later this year in three separate articles (in Science & Technology Libraries, in the Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, and in Practical Academic Librarianship, the new open access journal of SLA’s Academic Division).