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  • Not Scotch But Rum: The Scope and Diffusion of the Scottish Presence in the Published Record

Not Scotch But Rum: The Scope and Diffusion of the Scottish Presence in the Published Record

An OCLC Research Report by:

Brian Lavoie, OCLC Research

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(.pdf: 1MB/39pp.)

Key findings:

  • A national presence in the published record is composed of materials published in or about a country or by its people
  • A national presence in the published record is identifiable in library data using mainly automated processing
  • The Scottish presence in the published record includes nearly two million distinct publications
  • The Scottish presence in the published record is widely held in library collections around the world
  • Scottish authors are especially influential in global diffusion of Scottish presence in published record
  • Treasure Island may be the most globally influential Scottish work in the published record
  • Tartan Noir and works about/set in Scotland are key ways Scotland is manifested in contemporary works
  • The national presence in the published record is a useful concept for libraries and scholars

 

This report will be of interest to libraries responsible for collecting and preserving their country’s contribution to the published record, as well as to scholars interested in exploring how countries manifest and transmit their cultural heritage through the published record.

For a quick overview of the report, watch the author's four-minute video summary on the OCLC Research YouTube Channel.

For more information:

Brian Lavoie
Research Scientist
OCLC Research
lavoie@oclc.org
+1-614-764-4399

Quick links:

Not Scotch But Rum: The Scope and Diffusion of the Scottish Presence in the Published Record

  • Report publication announcement [link]
  • Download the report (.pdf: 1MB/39pp.) [link]
  • Watch the video summary (4:26) [link]

Suggested citation:

Brian Lavoie. 2013. Not Scotch, but Rum: The Scope and Diffusion of the Scottish Presence in the Published Record. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC Research. http://www.oclc.org/content/dam/research/publications/library/2013/2013-07.pdf.

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