Texas A&M Libraries Rank 16th in Scholarly Publications

Marketing and Communications | July 05, 2011

Texas A&M University librarians rank 16th nationally in scholarly publications according to an analysis by researchers, Tony Stankus, life sciences librarian and professor, and Amy Hardin, professional assistant, both from the University of Arkansas. The study analyzed “substantive published papers of research and professional practice” in the leading journals for subject specialist librarians from 2000-2010.

“We examined the journals that mattered most to university library experts in a wide range of subject specialties. It is no surprise to us that the universities that matter the most to fostering this nation’s  expertise had librarian authors  who contributed again and again, “ Stankus observed.

Texas A&M librarians received recognition from the Academic and Biomedical and Life Sciences Divisions of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) at their recent conference. Sponsored by Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group academic publisher of books and journals, the award ceremony took place during a roll call of honor for the top 50 U.S. universities following a panel discussion of scholarly publishing conducted by journal editors. Leslie Reynolds, editor of Practical Academic Librarianship and interim associate dean for user services at the Texas A&M Libraries, participated in the panel discussion.

“Our librarians have always been exceptionally productive in scholarly publishing. It’s gratifying to see that we rank well among our peers,” commented Reynolds, who added that more information about the study is available through the online publisher

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves more than 9,000 members in 75 countries in the information profession, including corporate, academic and government information specialists. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy and networking initiatives.