Sunday, January 30, 2022

Research Has *FINALLY* Been Published!

If you've been following this blog for a while, or if you are/were a member of either the Storytime Underground or ALATT Facebook groups, you might recall that I did a research project concerning children's librarians and child development knowledge, and you might have even participated in it. To help jog your memory, I distributed the survey about a month before the pandemic hit, on this blog and in the aforementioned groups.

I am happy to announce my research paper has *finally* been published! It was originally slated to be published 9 months ago, but got bumped because apparently the new editors accepted more articles than the publisher would allow, mistakenly thinking since the journal is entirely digital now that they could expand it a little. I didn't know if it would ever be published at that point, then last week out of the blue I received my complimentary copy of the issue it had just been published in.

Coming two years after I did the initial research, it's a bit anticlimactic, but I'm still proud of the accomplishment. It's certainly not perfect, I was very rushed at the beginning and could have created a better survey instrument given a little more time, but I do think the results are meaningful, and wanted to share them with other children's librarians, particularly those who may have been participants. The link below was provided to me by the publisher and will allow up to 25 complimentary digital view-only copies; it will not allow you to download or print:

However, if you are able to access it through a database, such as EBSCO or Academic Search Premier, you can both print and download. The abstract is available on the journal website without a subscription. I've also heard that sometimes if you contact the author directly, they might send you a copy of the whole paper 😉. 

It's no wonder change is so slow; it's ridiculous in this day and age that it takes TWO YEARS to get research results published, and that it is still inaccessible to so many. I definitely think it's time for traditional publishing of scholarly works to fall by the wayside in favor of something more efficient and more accessible! 

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