Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML) website states that it is “an international scientific on-line open accessed peer-reviewed journal, which publishes scientific papers on diverse topics on Library and Information Science research. The scope of the journal is to publish contemporary and quality research, including theoretical research papers and applications.” The About paragraph concludes, “QQML e-journal as a rule publishes the papers presented at the International conference QQML- Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (www.isast.org).”
The Editorial Board is comprised of 65+ Associate Editors from around the world, and the Library Science topics covered by the journal are too numerous to mention here; see the list at the website for more information.
The latest issue (December 2013) is packed with 14 articles: “Modernization of Library and Information Science Education through the Enhancement of Intercultural Communication,” “The Use of Transaction Logs to Model User Searching Behaviours,” “Methodological Proposal for Analyzing the Development of Information Policies to Promote the Society of Information and Knowledge in Mexico,” “An Evaluation of Current Outreach Services at Calvert Library and Its Future Outlook,” “Evaluation of usage patterns and promotion of electronic resources in academic medical libraries: the case of the Central Library of the "Carol Davila" University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania,” “An Integrated Analysis of Quantitative and Qualitative Data for Identifying Factors in Information Services: A Working Paper,” “Users’ Perceptions of Makerere University Library Services,” “Using phenomenology to improve information literacy curricular planning and design,” “The Potential and Readiness of Tallinn University to Establish Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs),” “Analysis of the Participation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia in the UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme,” “Implications of Library State Laws on Information Services in Public Libraries,” “Library Statistics with Confidence: Facts from Figures with no Fear,” “Revealing the “Essence” of Things: Using Phenomenology in LIS Research,” “Internet infodiversity: State of the art and future trends.”
The heterogeneous subject coverage suggests this is a journal that may be of use to many librarians, but it would be profoundly more useful if the journal were searchable by keyword or subject -- articles have both abstracts and keywords assigned to them, but I find no way to search either. There are Author and Title PDF indexes (so you can pull up the PDF of an index and look through it alphabetically, but in this day and age that’s not terribly helpful or au courant).
By all means, colleagues, do take a look at this but be prepared to load a heck of a lot of PDFs to read it. After perusing some of the articles, you may decide you’d like to present a paper at an upcoming QQML conference; past conferences have been held in Rome, Limerick, Athens, and Crete – 2014’s is in Istanbul.