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Recasting the Narrative: The Proceedings of the ACRL 2019 Conference, April 10–13, 2019, Cleveland, Ohio


Dawn M. Mueller

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Library and Information Science | Scholarly Communication | Scholarly Publishing


For academic librarians, especially those in tenure-track positions, publishing is a necessity for tenure and promotion. While librarians and other information professionals publish in a number of formats, the publication of a scholarly monograph is undoubtably one of the highest levels of achievement and generally well regarded in the tenure and promotion process. As librarians, we understand that the monograph publication process and monograph publishers themselves can be skewed toward particular viewpoints and that these biases can limit the topics and types of items that are published, as well as who gets published. Although a lot of literature has been completed on gender biases in academic publishing, not many have examined monograph publications and none have looked specifically at library and information science (LIS) monographs. This study seeks to fill that gap through a critical look at the publication trends of academic LIS monographs, and more specifically, the gender of creators (authors and editors). The study addresses the following questions:

  • Is there a gender gap in LIS scholarly monograph publishing? If so, what does it look like?
  • How does gender affect co-creatorship (co-authored or co-edited works) in LIS scholarly monograph publishing?
  • Does gender have an effect on the topics published in LIS scholarly monograph publishing?


This paper was presented at the ACRL biennial conference on April 12, 2019, in Cleveland, OH.

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