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“Seeking, Reading, and Use of Scholarly Articles: An International Study of Perceptions and Behavior of Researchers”

Journal Article: “Seeking, Reading, and Use of Scholarly Articles: An International Study of Perceptions and Behavior of Researchers”

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Seeking, Reading, and Use of Scholarly Articles: An International Study of Perceptions and Behavior of Researchers


Carol Tenopir
University of Tennessee

Lisa Christian
University of Tennessee

Jordan Kaufman
University of Tennessee


Publications 2019
7(1), 18
DOI: 10.3390/publications7010018 


While journal articles are still considered the most important sources of scholarly reading, libraries may no longer have a monopoly on providing discovery and access. Many other sources of scholarly information are available to readers. This international study examines how researchers discover, read, and use scholarly literature for their work. Respondents in 2018 report an average of almost 20 article readings a month and there are still significant differences found in the reading and use of scholarly literature by discipline and geographical location, consistent with the earlier studies. Researchers show they are willing to change or adopt new strategies to discover and obtain articles.

Source: Publications 2019, 7(1), 18


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Posted on: March 25, 2019, 6:57 am Category: Uncategorized

Latest Data Shows Increase to U.S. Economy from Arts and Cultural Sector

Latest Data Shows Increase to U.S. Economy from Arts and Cultural Sector

“From the National Endowment for the Arts (Full Text):

The arts and cultural sector contributed $804.2 billion or 4.3 percent to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016. This represents an increase of .1 percent from 2015 when economists reported that the sector added 4.2 percent or $763.6 billion to the U.S. economy. The 4.3 percent contribution for 2016 is part of the latest report of the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA), produced by the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Office of Research & Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts.

The ACPSA tracks the annual economic impact of arts and cultural production from 35 industries, both commercial and nonprofit. Those 35 industries range from architectural services to sound recording and in whole or in varying percentages are considered to be a distinct sector of the nation’s economy. The ACPSA reports on economic measures—value-added to GDP as well as employment and compensation, revealing that five million people are employed in the arts and cultural sector. Those five million wage-and-salary workers earned $386 billion in 2016.

“For the past five years, the partnership between the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts has yielded invaluable information about the economic impact of arts and culture,” said Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “The data has consistently demonstrated the value of the arts to the nation, to individual states, and to the lives of the American people.”

Key national findings from this year’s ACPSA are:

  • Arts and culture play a significant role in the economic activity of the country. The value-added to GDP by arts and cultural production is nearly five times greater than that of the agricultural sector. Arts and culture adds nearly $60 billion more than construction and $227 billion more than transportation and warehousing to the U.S. economy.
  • Arts and cultural goods create a trade surplus. In 2016, the U.S. exported nearly $25 billion more in arts and cultural goods and services than it imported, a 12-fold increase over 10 years.
  • ACPSA exports are driven by movies and TV programs, advertising, and arts-related software such as video games.
  • The average annual growth rate for arts and culture outperforms the growth rate of the total U.S. economy. From 2014 to 2016, the average annual growth rate in the contribution of arts and culture was 4.16 percent, nearly double the 2.22 percent growth rate of the total U.S. economy.
  • Consumer spending of the performing arts has risen significantly. Between 1998 and 2016, the rate of consumer spending on performing arts admissions more than doubled, rising from 0.12 percent of U.S. GDP in 1998 to 0.26 percent, totaling $32.7 billion, in 2016.

Key state findings from this year’s ACPSA are:

Thirteen states had an average annual growth rate above the national average of 5.9 percent, as measured over the three-year period of 2014 to 2016. Listed in order, these states were the fastest-growing for the percentage of their gross state product coming from arts and cultural industries.

Rank and Average Annual Growth Rate: 2014-2016

1. Washington State:11.9 percent
2. Georgia:11.1 percent
3. Utah:10.2 percent
4. Nevada: 9.8 percent
5. California: 7.8 percent
6. *Tennessee: 7.8 percent
7.  New Mexico: 7.7 percent
8. *South Carolina: 7.5 percent
9.  Florida: 7.1 percent
10. *Montana: 6.6 percent
11. Oregon: 6.5 percent
12. Colorado: 6.3 percent
13. Massachusetts: 6.2 percent

*These states are identified as rural by the Bureau of Economic Analysis because 30 percent or more of the state’s population live in rural areas. To learn about how arts and culture impact the economies of rural states, go to the Rural Prosperity report below.



Posted on: March 25, 2019, 6:54 am Category: Uncategorized

New research shows how The New York Times, Economist, New Yorker and other top online subscription publishers stack up

New research shows how The New York Times, Economist, New Yorker and other top online subscription publishers stack up

This chart shows the breakdown of subscriptions among those who subscribe to an online publication.

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Posted on: March 25, 2019, 6:49 am Category: Uncategorized

What is your business communication style?

What is your business communication style?

infographic that explores the different kinds of business communication styles

Posted on: March 24, 2019, 6:56 am Category: Uncategorized

Scholastic Releases Kids & Family Reading Report: 7th Edition

Scholastic Releases Kids & Family Reading Report: 7th Edition

“From Scholastic:

 Scholastic today released results from the seventh edition of its Kids & Family Reading Report™, a biennial national survey of parents’ and children’s reading attitudes and behaviors. Those surveyed include more than 1,000 pairs of children ages 6–17 and their parents, as well as 678 parents of kids ages 0–5.

The research reveals the diversity parents and children seek in books, explores how reading helps children understand their world and indicates the importance of book access and reading role models.


Finding Their Story: A Precarious “Decline by Nine”

The study found the percentage of kids defined as frequent readers (reading books for fun 5–7 days a week) drops from 57% among 8-year-olds to 35% among 9-year-olds. The data also shows a drop between ages eight and nine in the number of kids who say they love reading (from 40% to 28%), as well as the percentage of kids who think reading books for fun is important (from 65% to 57%). The Kids & Family Reading Report has shown a child’s attitude towards reading enjoyment and importance is a predictor of reading frequency, which makes the trends in this year’s report so striking.

Reading helps kids navigate the world. The vast majority of parents (88%) believe that reading fiction and nonfiction is a good way for their child to better understand the world. Three in four children agree. More than half of kids (53%) and parents (55%) also agree a book has helped them or their child through a difficult time. Nevertheless, the data cited above shows that a young reader’s journey is at risk.

Families expect more from children’s books.In the past two years, both kids and parents are less likely to say that when picking a children’s book to read for fun, the type of book doesn’t matter, it just has to be a good story (down 17 points among kids; 21 points among parents).

  • More kids want books that make them laugh (up 10 points to 52%), help them explore new worlds (up nine points to 40%) and become familiar with new topics (up seven points to 26%).
  • More parents want these types of books, as well as those which help their child learn about the lives of others (up 12 points to 48%) and books that make their child think and feel (up nine points to 51%).


Finding Their Story: Diversity in Children’s Books in Demand

The survey underscores the importance of diversity and how broadly it is defined. A majority of parents and a near majority of kids ages 9–17 say diversity in children’s books includes people and experiences different than their own – representations of various cultures, customs, religions, settings and living situations. For others, diversity in children’s books includes differently-abled people, people of color and LGBTQ people.

  • Many want diversity in books. About half of kids ages 9–17 and parents with kids ages 6–17 agree “I wish there were more books available that include diversity;” among kids and parents who agree that diversity in children’s books is important, these percentages rise to 76% of kids and 69% of parents. Black and Hispanic families overall have the strongest views on the importance of and need for books with diversity.
  • Demand is on the rise. Kids ages 12–17 and parents of children of all ages are more likely today than they were in 2016 to want books that include diverse storylines, characters or settings (18% of kids, up five points; 31% of parents with kids ages 6–17, up five points; parents of children ages 5 and under up 9 points to 36%).
  • Characters build character. This year’s survey asked parents to prioritize the qualities they hope their children develop. Responsibility, self-confidence, honesty, respectfulness and kindness top the list. Parents know that cultivating these qualities can be challenging, and they overwhelmingly believe reading can help: 95% agree that characters in books can help inspire the development of these qualities in their child.


Finding Their Story: Access matters

The report shows clear parallels between access to books and reading role models and kids’ reading frequency.

  • Kids need help finding books. While four in 10 kids agree that they have trouble finding books that they like, this is far higher among infrequent readers than frequent readers (59% vs. 32%) and is true of roughly half of kids by age nine.
  • Reading role models show kids the way. Frequent readers are more likely to be surrounded by people who they perceive to enjoy reading: 82% say a lot or nearly everyone they know enjoys reading, versus infrequent readers at 34%. And much like reading frequency, there’s a clear decline as children age: 77% of kids ages 6–8 say a lot or nearly everyone they know enjoys reading, but this drops as children age to 48% among 15–17 year-olds.
  • Books at home and in the classroom provide access. Frequent readers have an average of 139 books for children in their homes vs. 74 in infrequent readers’ homes. In school, classroom libraries are only available for 43% of school-aged children and only one-third say they have a classroom library that has enough of the types of books they’d like to read.
  • When kids choose, kids read. Regardless of reading frequency or children’s ages, the majority of kids (89%) agree their favorite books are the ones that they have picked out themselves.

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Posted on: March 24, 2019, 6:51 am Category: Uncategorized

Reading Fiction Really Will Make You Nicer and More Empathetic

New Study: Reading Fiction Really Will Make You Nicer and More Empathetic

A definitive new study has great news for book lovers: Yes, reading fiction boosts your EQ.


Posted on: March 24, 2019, 6:14 am Category: Uncategorized

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Posted on: March 23, 2019, 6:33 am Category: Uncategorized