Leadership in libraries: tying Library andInformation Science research to practicePresentation to the Institute for Resear...
Welcome to this evening’s presentation    Professor Hazel Hall         @hazelh         http://hazelhall.org           Slid...
Hazel Hall                                 @hazelh                                 Event hashtag                          ...
Library Assistant  LIS student  Assistant Librarian  Academic“Real world” experience: KPMG 1999-2001; TFPL 2006; LIS Re...
Work of the Centre for Social InformaticsOne of five research centre within IIDI          Research – research councils, Eu...
To develop a UK-wide                                                        network of LIS researchers                    ...
Impact of the investment                                   LIS research on the agenda, e.g.                               ...
http://lisresearch.org   http://lisresearch.org/dream        http://lisresearch.org/riliesPage 8              www.napier.a...
@LISResearchPage 9         www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
Impact of the investment                                    LIS research on the agenda, e.g.                              ...
Published research                                                                        Need for an                     ...
Published research                                        adds to research                   Need for an                  ...
Importance of research-led practice    To exploit existing knowledge base for services (outcomes)   improvement  improve ...
… reduced anti-social behaviour                                  …contributed to improvements in                          ...
Barriers to research-led practice: “evaluation by-pass”(Booth, 2006)  Valuable research work is often not published at all...
And what about practitioner-led research (as opposed toresearch-led practice)?   Irony of librarians helping others identi...
Time constraints of the practitioner role  Limited knowledge of research  approaches  Low internal support of research act...
Attribution problems of mediated research   Original sources of mediated research often not obvious, e.g. when it   contri...
Alios Alzheimer was not the first to                                  identify Alzheimer’s disease in 1906                ...
Addressing the issues: project conception   Researchers should involve practitioners in research design   Funders should s...
Addressing the issues: project execution   Practitioners should be invited to participate in the research from the   outse...
Addressing the issues: project reporting   Output is best “digested” by practitioners in teaching and community   support ...
Advice for practitioner consumers of research   Focus on developing critical appreciation of research output   Volunteer t...
Page 24          www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
Advice for budding practitioner-researchers   Participate in the research of others   Become active in the practitioner-re...
Page 26          www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
Leaders   Support your subject domain   Mentor and reverse mentor   Consider research as part of staff’s job description –...
EVERYONE!      Derive value from three years of targeted investment      Tie library and information science research to p...
Reference    Booth, A. (2006). Clear and present questions: formulating questions   for evidence based practice. Library H...
Photo credits    All thing bright and twittery (9 July 2011) by SimonJordan. Available   from My world in photos:   http:/...
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  1. 1. Leadership in libraries: tying Library andInformation Science research to practicePresentation to the Institute for Research in SocialSciences, University of UlsterWednesday 13th March 2013Professor Hazel Hall
  2. 2. Welcome to this evening’s presentation Professor Hazel Hall @hazelh http://hazelhall.org Slides on SlideShare at: http://about.me/hazelh http://slideshare.net/hazelhall h.hall@napier.ac.uk 0131 455 2760Page 2 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  3. 3. Hazel Hall @hazelh Event hashtag #hhulsterPage 3 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  4. 4. Library Assistant  LIS student  Assistant Librarian  Academic“Real world” experience: KPMG 1999-2001; TFPL 2006; LIS Research Coalition 2009/12 Page 4 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  5. 5. Work of the Centre for Social InformaticsOne of five research centre within IIDI Research – research councils, Europe Distributed Computing, Networking & Security E-participation Emergent Computing E-governance Information Society Information & Software Systems Library and Information Science, e.g. AHRC Interaction Design Smart cities Social Informatics: exploring human- …technology relationships in context, and theirimpact, e.g. on organisations, communitiesResearch: contract, consultancy, “other” CPD Knowledge management Knowledge management Library and Information Science e.g. CILIP Library and Information Science, e.g. Market research research resources for LIS Online communities Social media strategies with focus on knowledge Project management management, risk management and engagement Social computing strategies Sociotechnical project evaluation … …Page 5 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  6. 6. To develop a UK-wide network of LIS researchers (2011-2012) Thank you! Nigel McCartney Biddy Fisher Mel Collier To explore the extent to which LIS research projects Stephanie Kenna influence practice (2011) To create outputs to support the use and execution of To facilitate a co-ordinated research by librarians and and strategic approach to LIS information scientists (2012) research across the UK (2009-2012)Page 6 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  7. 7. Impact of the investment LIS research on the agenda, e.g. CILIP’s PKSB LIRG reinvigorated Increased research capacity, particularly amongst DREaM cadre New approaches to supporting LIS at “industry” level - Coalition New approaches to delivering support, e.g. DREaM infrastructure Popularising new approaches, e.g. One Minute Madness Export to other subject domainsPage 7 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  8. 8. http://lisresearch.org http://lisresearch.org/dream http://lisresearch.org/riliesPage 8 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  9. 9. @LISResearchPage 9 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  10. 10. Impact of the investment LIS research on the agenda, e.g. CILIP’s PKSB LIRG reinvigorated Increased research capacity, particularly amongst DREaM cadre New approaches to supporting LIS at “industry” level - Coalition New approaches to delivering support, e.g. DREaM infrastructure Popularising new approaches, e.g. One Minute Madness Export to other subject domains I am here tonight!Page 10 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  11. 11. Published research Need for an adds to research appreciation of: context range of availablePrevious work methods/tools; Establish an understanding Relate findings to dissemination of the research context research context channels; means of ensuring that Leadership important to Need for an research output has LIS researchers & appreciation of what Identify an opportunity impact, e.g. for Analyse data has already been to make a contribution researchers practitioner policy development. done in the domain in order to identify Determine a research (1) appropriate Collect data approach New work research aims and questions and (2) Published research methods to be directs future effort deployed. Page 11 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  12. 12. Published research adds to research Need for an context appreciation of research methods inPrevious work Establish an understanding Relate findings to order to evaluate of the research context research context findings reported in the literature. Leadership important to practitioners as Identify an opportunity Need for an Analyse data to make a contribution of research consumers appreciation of what has already been done in the domain Determine a research Collect data in order to identify approach New work possible practice. Published research directs future effort Page 12 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  13. 13. Importance of research-led practice To exploit existing knowledge base for services (outcomes) improvement  improve decision making for services delivery To enhance the value of prior work – to capitalise on significant investment in previous studies, to raise the value of previous studies through reuse To demonstrate the value and impact of service deliveryPage 13 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  14. 14. … reduced anti-social behaviour …contributed to improvements in pupils’ exam results …attracted international student fee income … raised research assessment ratings … increased literacy levelsPage 14 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  15. 15. Barriers to research-led practice: “evaluation by-pass”(Booth, 2006) Valuable research work is often not published at all Multidisciplinary nature of the LIS literature, across publications of various domains, makes it difficult to access Much valuable research is held in grey sources: straightforward access not always obvious, e.g. unpublished internal studies, summaries on listservs There is a preference amongst practitioners for face-to-face dissemination channels - tailored, lowered incidence of information overload, addresses issues of fragmented infrastructures – but opportunities to attend professional events are few Some practitioners suffer restricted access to social media channels – valued for immediacy, updates on on-going projectsPage 15 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  16. 16. And what about practitioner-led research (as opposed toresearch-led practice)? Irony of librarians helping others identify evidence to support their practice, but less likely to do for themselves Few LIS practitioners publish research in international peer-reviewed journals – except North American librarians seeking tenurePage 16 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  17. 17. Time constraints of the practitioner role Limited knowledge of research approaches Low internal support of research activity Poor access to external support of research activity, e.g. funding, mentors Failure to recognise research of others and own research activity/skills as suchPage 17 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  18. 18. Attribution problems of mediated research Original sources of mediated research often not obvious, e.g. when it contributes to training material There is a cumulative and indirect effect of exposure to research output – RiLIES1 identification of “impactful” research projects Attribution of cause and effect is not always accurate or obvious – in LIS, and in other domainsPage 18 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  19. 19. Alios Alzheimer was not the first to identify Alzheimer’s disease in 1906 Arabic numerals are Indian Halley’s comet was not discovered by Halley in C18th, but by astronomers in 210BC Pythagoras’ theorum really belongs to a bunch of Babylonian mathematicians … and Stigler’s law should really be attributed to Robert K Merton!Page 19 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  20. 20. Addressing the issues: project conception Researchers should involve practitioners in research design Funders should support research that is relevant to the needs of the practitioner community and – allied to this – an explicit goal of research should be to influence practice Research undertaken should have high level support: steering committees, influential stakeholdersPage 20 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  21. 21. Addressing the issues: project execution Practitioners should be invited to participate in the research from the outset, e.g. capacity building workshops as hook Information about the project should be disseminated throughout its duration (and not just at the end)Page 21 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  22. 22. Addressing the issues: project reporting Output is best “digested” by practitioners in teaching and community support materials Recommendations should be made explicit – data should not be left to “speak for themselves” Opportunities for face-to-face delivery should be sought Textual sources need to be presented in accessible language Report in the “right” places: professional journals, open access, tweet and blog, use key researcher connectorsPage 22 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  23. 23. Advice for practitioner consumers of research Focus on developing critical appreciation of research output Volunteer to take part in the projects of others, e.g. offer case study, answer surveys, join focus groups etc. Keep up to date using feeds (including @LISresearch) Use the resources at http://lisresearch.orgPage 23 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  24. 24. Page 24 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  25. 25. Advice for budding practitioner-researchers Participate in the research of others Become active in the practitioner-researcher community: join LIRG, attend events, develop online profile as a practitioner-researcher Garner support for your research efforts, both internally and externally Look out for opportunities offered through grants and awards, e.g. John Campbell Trust, SLA, UKeIG, CILIP – see also http://hazelhall.org/2013/02/12/winning-ways-apply-for-that-award/ Use DREaM project and RiLIES2 resourcesPage 25 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  26. 26. Page 26 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  27. 27. Leaders Support your subject domain Mentor and reverse mentor Consider research as part of staff’s job description – it’s in the PKSB Facilitate staff needs to network - both face-to-face and online - so that they can stay up to date Share contacts for high profile, prestigious project partnerships Act as research role models, especially given your power to influence (follow Annie Mauger’s example)Page 27 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  28. 28. EVERYONE! Derive value from three years of targeted investment Tie library and information science research to practicePage 28 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  29. 29. Reference Booth, A. (2006). Clear and present questions: formulating questions for evidence based practice. Library Hi Tech, 24(3), 355-368.Page 29 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  30. 30. Photo credits All thing bright and twittery (9 July 2011) by SimonJordan. Available from My world in photos: http://www.blipfoto.com/entry/1266216, accessed 14 March 2013. [Slide 3] Mind the gap (26 November 2006) by Luigi Rosa. Available from http://www.flickr.com/photos/30571787@N00/307814064, accessed 14 March 2013. [Slide 17]Page 30 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  31. 31. Leadership in libraries: tying Library andInformation Science research to practicePresentation to the Institute for Research in SocialSciences, University of UlsterWednesday 13th March 2013Professor Hazel Hall
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