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 …

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 (

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