September 24, 2021

New From OCLC Research: “The Scope and Diffusion of the Scottish Presence in the Published Record”

Here’s a fascinating new paper by Brian Lavoie at OCLC Research.

From a Report Overview

Brian used WorldCat bibliographic and holdings data to identify, characterize, and track the diffusion of the Scottish presence in the published record. The report describes a repurposable, machine-processing-based methodology for identifying a country’s national presence, including materials published in the country, published by the country’s nationals, or published about the country. Scotland is employed as a case study to illustrate the methodology’s application: the salient features of the nearly two million distinct publications in the Scottish presence are discussed, along with the diffusion of these materials around the world.

 Key Findings

  • A national presence in the published record is composed of materials published in or about a country or by its people
  • A national presence in the published record is identifiable in library data using mainly automated processing
  • The Scottish presence in the published record includes nearly two million distinct publications
  • The Scottish presence in the published record is widely held in library collections around the world
  • Scottish authors are especially influential in global diffusion of Scottish presence in published record
  • Treasure Island may be the most globally influential Scottish work in the published record
  • Tartan Noir and works about/set in Scotland are key ways Scotland is manifested in contemporary works
  • The national presence in the published record is a useful concept for libraries and scholars

Direct to Full Text Report (39 pages; PDF)

Brian Lavoie Summarizes His Research

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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