50 Years of ITAL/JLA

A Bibliometric Study of Its Major Influences, Themes, and Interdisciplinarity


Over five decades, Information Technology and Libraries (and its predecessor, the Journal of Library Automation) has influenced research and practice in the library and information science technology. From its inception on, the journal has been consistently ranked as one of the superior publications in the profession and a trendsetter for all types of librarians and researchers. This research examines ITAL using a citation analysis of all 878 peer-reviewed feature articles published over the journal’s 51 volumes. Impactful authors, articles, publications, and themes from the journal’s history are identified. The findings of this study provide insight into the history of ITAL and potential topics of interest to ITAL authors and readership.

Author Biography

Brady Lund, Emporia State University
Brady Lund is a doctoral student at Emporia State University's School of Library and Information Management, where he studies the intersection of information technology and information science, among other topics.


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How to Cite
Lund, B. (2019). 50 Years of ITAL/JLA. Information Technology and Libraries, 38(2), 18-36. https://doi.org/10.6017/ital.v38i2.10875