Are you listening to podcasts? A lot of people and organisations are making them and many of the have little or no value for you.

The Scholarly Kitchen has begun to make them. Yesterday they had an interesting discussion with Carol Tenopir, an information scientist at University of Tennesee, Knoswille. If I remember correctly she has visited our school; The Swedish School of Library and Information Science.

She is talking about what scholarly reading is about, what kind of material there is and what has happened with the time used to read. Time which is used for work related reading has gone up but the time used to read traditional articles has gone down. She says that it is other types of scholarly texts that are read, such as blogs.

To do this kind of research the term reading must be defined. The research gourp defines reading as something else as just reading the title and abstract. After that the depth of reading can be discussed. Also the context of why something is read effects how researchers read.

Something else she discussed how turst canbe established and maintained because the research is changing and there is a need to be able to form an opinion of the quality of the texts.

What is interesting is that the younger researchers are more conservative as authors but that might be because they are still building their research career. As readers, the younger researchers are more liberal.

Carol Tenopirs podcast “Time, value and Trust in Scholarly Communication”.

Other podcasts from The Scholarly Kitchen.

Pieta Eklund