"Shifts in Scholarly Attention Among World Regions" presentation by Dr. Charles Kurzman now available

Dr. Charles Kurzman, Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, presented "Shifts in Scholarly Communications Among World Regions" at the OCLC Research Briefing at UNC Chapel Hill on 7 June 2013. 

At this event, Dr. Kurzman presented his research on changing academic attention to world regions over the past 50 years, “attention” as measured by analyzing works published about each region of the world and collected in U.S. academic libraries for each year of publication since 1958.  The patterns that emerge from this research will help to inform social scientists and educational policymakers about trends and possible gaps in scholarly attention to different regions of the world.

Dr. Kurzman received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study how social science maps the world.  With this grant, he is examining social-scientific journal articles, books, doctoral dissertations, and disciplinary awards to see how often each world region has been studied over the past half-century. The dataset that this project generates will allow us to track the trends in scholarly attention to various parts of the world, and to test theories in the sociology of social science about how researchers select subjects for study.

This presentation was broadcast live online for remote attendees. The webinar recording and slides [.pptx] are now available.

OCLC Research was pleased to present this webinar as part of the OCLC Collective Insight Series of presentations and discussions that illuminate the value of collective knowledge, data, and action, value realized daily by libraries, library users, scholars, and the world at large. OCLC Research is thankful to UNC Chapel Hill for graciously hosting this event.

For more information:

Eric Childress
Consulting Project Manager
OCLC Research

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research


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