Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science ISSN: 2435-8495
三田図書館・情報学会 Mita Society for Library and Information Science
〒108‒8345 東京都港区三田2‒15‒45 慶應義塾大学文学部図書館・情報学専攻内 c/o Keio University, 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan
Library and Information Science 77: 27-50 (2017)

原著論文Original Article

日本と韓国における図書館情報学研究者の研究主題の比較分析2000~2014年度の博士学位論文を対象にLibrary and information science doctoral dissertation research in Japan and Korea: Topics and trends from 2000 to 2014

1徳成女子大学情報研究所Information Institute, Duksung Women's University ◇ 132714 ソウル特別市道峰区三陽路144–33, 459 号 ◇ 33, SamYang-ro 144-gil, Dobong-Gu, Seoul 132-714, Republic of Korea

2成均館大学情報管理研究所Institute for Knowledge and Information Management, Sungkyunkwan University ◇ 03063 ソウル特別市鍾路区成均館路25–2 ◇ 25-2, SungKyunKwan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03063, Republic of Korea

受付日:2016年8月9日Received: August 9, 2016
受理日:2017年1月18日Accepted: January 18, 2017
発行日:2017年6月30日Published: June 30, 2017




Purpose: This study investigated the characteristics and trends of library and information science doctoral dissertations published in Japan and Korea from 2000 to 2014.

Methods: Subject analysis was conducted on 367 doctoral dissertations published in the past 15 years: 112 in Japan and 225 in Korea. For the analysis, a subject classification scheme of library and information science was developed by mapping several subject classification schemes used in studies conducted in Japan and Korea in the past. This new classification scheme consists of 10 major categories and 78 minor categories. The doctoral dissertations of both countries were classified into major and minor topics according to this classification system. The trends and changes in topics over the years were also examined by looking at the ratio and number of dissertations within each subject field.

Results: (1) The number of doctoral dissertations has increased over time both in Japan and Korea. (2) “Information Science” is the subject most studied in both countries, accounting for almost half (46.4%) of all the doctoral dissertations in Japan, with other subjects accounting for less than 10% each. (3) The topic of Information Science is followed by “Library and Information Science in General”, “Organizing Library Material”, and “Bibliography” in Japan while in Korea the topic of Information Science is followed by “Library Management”, “Library Service”, and “Organizing Library Material”. (4) In Japan, there are more dissertations about bibliography than in Korea, but there are fewer dissertations on “Library Management” and “Library Service” in Japan than in Korea. In both countries, doctoral dissertations on “Organizing Library Material” have decreased slowly over time, and very few dissertations deal with “Collection Development (Management) in General”.

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