Review of the work of the LIS Research Coalition and its support of LIS research in 2009/10, and plans for 2010/11

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Michael Jubb's presentation "Review of the work of the LIS Research Coalition and its support of LIS research in 2009/10, and plans for 2010/11" made at the Library and Information Science Research Coalition conference, British Library Conference Centre, London, 28 June 2010. (#lisrc10)

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  • Brian Perry and BL R&DD AHRC, JISC, ESRC Impact of RAE on the LIS research community in HE (lack of engagement): and relatively poor performance in it Small cttee established to put flesh on bones, and a specification prepared for the second workshop in 2007 Modest proposal for a small co-ordinating body with a budget of c £50k
  • Other potential partners: SCONUL and RLUK, National Archives AHRC, ESRC…….. Provision for Associate Members, first of which is the Strategic Health Authority Library Leads (SHALL) Funding is modest (
  • Review of the work of the LIS Research Coalition and its support of LIS research in 2009/10, and plans for 2010/11

    1. 1. Review of Research Coalition work 2009/10 Plans for the Research Coalition in 2010/11 Dr Michael Jubb
    2. 2. <ul><ul><li>British Library workshops 2006 and 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Concerns about </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>quality and standing of LIS research in the UK </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>limited range of research approaches being used </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>isolation of LIS researchers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>poor links between research and practice </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>lack of evidence base on value of library and information services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>lack of engagement with research funders, and no research strategy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need for structure to co-ordinate a strategic approach </li></ul></ul>Some history: why a coalition?
    3. 3. <ul><ul><li>Implementation Group of representatives of five funders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>British Library </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CILIP </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>JISC </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MLA </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Research Information Network </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Constitution, Memorandum of Understanding, Terms of Reference, Board of Directors……… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>part-time Executive Secretary appointed 2009 </li></ul></ul>Setting up the Coalition
    4. 4. <ul><ul><li>Establish a structure to facilitate a co-ordinated and strategic approach to LIS research in the UK </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>bring together information about LIS research opportunities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>facilitate dialogue between funders, researchers and practitioners </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>promote practitioner research and engagement between practitioners and researchers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>promote development of research capacity and capability, and good practice in research </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>develop and articulate with the community a strategic approach to LIS research </li></ul></ul></ul>Aims and objectives
    5. 5. <ul><ul><li>Online presence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>links to LIS research events </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>funding sources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>UK networks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>LIS research centres </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter feed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>funding calls </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>studentships </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>job vacancies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>new publications </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>training events </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>conferences </li></ul></ul></ul>So where have we got to?
    6. 6. <ul><ul><li>conference presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SCONUL, HEALER, Online, IFLA </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>publications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>JOLIS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>responses to consultations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>REF </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>relationships with the sponsors </li></ul></ul>Engagement with the community
    7. 7. <ul><ul><li>Engaging LIS researchers with those from other disciplines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>build capacity and capability in innovative methodologies and research techniques </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>raise quality of LIS research in UK </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>establish basis for collaborations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>enhance value and impact of LIS research </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>inform development of LIS research agenda </li></ul></ul></ul>Workshops
    8. 8. <ul><ul><li>seminar with journal editors and editorial boards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ways to encourage practitioner researchers to disseminate findings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>development of ‘practitioner research starter kit’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>links from website </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>wiki for discussion of current research projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>seeds from this conference? </li></ul></ul></ul>Plans for 2010-11
    9. 9. <ul><ul><li>A key gap for funders, policy-makers, researchers and practitioners (we’re in for difficult times……) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>cross-sectoral and sector-specific issues </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>beyond outputs to outcomes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>move from advocacy to objective research </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>it’s difficult and complex, but we need to do it </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>begin with literature review </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>establish what we know and what we don’t know </li></ul></ul></ul>Value and impact
    10. 10. <ul><ul><li>quality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>impact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>engagement between researchers and practitioners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and we need the help of the community </li></ul></ul>Key themes and challenges
    11. 11. <ul><ul><li>Challenge for Coalition and its sponsors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>need to show our impact and value to the community </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>conference a key step on that road </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>we need your engagement </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Kirsty Pitkin our live blogger </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>we’ll be recording presentations and discussion (let us know if you don’t want to be recorded) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>thanks to all of you……………. </li></ul></ul></ul>This is the beginning……..
    12. 12. thanks to our conference sponsors
    13. 13. Review of Research Coalition work 2009/10 Plans for the Research Coalition in 2010/11 Dr Michael Jubb

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