Thematic Content Analysis of KUTUP-L and IFLA-L Discussion Lists

Menge G.

TURKISH LIBRARIANSHIP, cilt.32, sa.2, ss.65-78, 2018 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 32 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2018
  • Doi Numarası: 10.24146/tkd.2018.31
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.65-78


KUTUP-L is a discussion list that emerged in 1991 as the first debate list of our field in our country and is still actively being used. In this study, the topics of the messages sent in the first four months of 2017 to the KUTUP-L list are examined. The findings were compared with Karabulut (2010), which is a similar study on KUTUP-L, in order to find out whether there are any changes in the subjects of the messages. The messages that were sent to IFLA-L, which is a similar international discussion list in the field, in the same period with KUTUP-L were analysed to obtain if the international communication is different. The findings show that both of the lists are actively used for announcement purposes. While the messages most frequently found in KUTUP-L are death / condolence, congratulations, and congratulatory messages, messages that are sent to IFLA-L mostly aims to make conference announcements. The comparison with the Karabulut (2010) study, which analyses the subject of messages that were sent to KUTUP-L almost 10 years ago, shows that the topics that are most frequently sent to the list have not changed. While the percent of non-field messages for the period 2005-2008 was 44%, it was 38% for the year 2017. Findings of this study show that the lists are not used to discuss important or current issues in the area.