One blind man feels a tree. Another blind man feels something sharp, like a spear; and a third, feels something like a fan. All these men feel the same thing, an elephant, but different parts of it. This article looks at journal content through three separate lenses: faculty perception, citation analysis, and journal use. Each lens perceives journal value differently. Once these pictures are assembled, the challenge begins, attempting to understand what they compose. Like the disagreements these blind men had on what they were feeling, the data produced from these three lenses does not appear to coincide. It did however help in developing a greater appreciation of the collaboration needed between librarians and faculty to understand the elephant.
"Blind Men and Elephants: A Multi-Method Analysis of Periodical Literature,"
The Christian Librarian: Vol. 54
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/tcl/vol54/iss2/2