Date of Award

2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

First Advisor

Dr. Audrey Church

Abstract

Today, AASL Twitter is one of the most widely used social media communications among school library practitioners. While scholarly communications in school library is conducted in an array of topics across the field of school library, it is difficult to establish how much of the scholarly communications is exposed to these practitioners. The study included three phases in its design: 1) To conduct a bibliometric analysis to find out the major authors, affiliations, themes and evolution of journals in field of school library, 2) To complete a content analysis of the AASL Twitter social media communications to find out the major participants, affiliations and themes and evolution in AASL Twitter communications, 3) To compare and contrast the major authors and themes of evolution in scholarly communications in the field of school library and AASL Twitter communications. During the years 1905-2018 scholarly communications have gone through various stages including infancy, growth and an upsurge stages. In recent years scholarly communications have been decreasing from the years 2010 to 2018. Trends in themes among scholarly communications and AASL Twitter communications include media, books, reading, Internet, children, literacy, standards, awards, technology, education, public, resources, teachers, students and electronic themes among other results. The trends between scholarly communications in the field of school library and AASL Twitter communications help provide support for future constructive goals among school library professionals.

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