Seizing the opportunity of research-led practice

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Hazel Hall's keynote presentation "Seizing the opportunity of research-led practice" at BLA 2010: the research agenda, Liverpool, July 8th 2010

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Seizing the opportunity of research-led practice

  1. 1. Seizing the opportunity of research-led practice Dr Hazel Hall Library and Information Science Research Coalition
  2. 2. <ul><li>About Hazel Hall and the Library and Information Science Research Coalition… </li></ul>
  3. 3. Hazel Hall in her seconded role
  4. 6. <ul><ul><li>bring together information about LIS research opportunities and results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>encourage dialogue between research funders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>promote LIS practitioner research and the translation of research outcomes into practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>articulate a strategic approach to LIS research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>promote the development of research capacity in LIS </li></ul></ul>The LIS Research Coalition aims to:
  5. 7. <ul><ul><li>bring together information about LIS research opportunities and results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>encourage dialogue between research funders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>promote LIS practitioner research and the translation of research outcomes into practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>articulate a strategic approach to LIS research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>promote the development of research capacity in LIS </li></ul></ul>The LIS Research Coalition aims to:
  6. 8. <ul><ul><li>bring together information about LIS research opportunities and results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>encourage dialogue between research funders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>promote LIS practitioner research and the translation of research outcomes into practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>articulate a strategic approach to LIS research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>promote the development of research capacity in LIS </li></ul></ul>The LIS Research Coalition aims to: Support research-led practice of librarians and information scientists
  7. 9. <ul><li>About research-led practice: making use of published research in services delivery… </li></ul>
  8. 10. <ul><ul><li>To exploit the existing knowledge base for services improvement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To improve decision making for services delivery </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To enhance the value of prior work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To capitalise on significant investment in previous studies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To raise the value of previous studies through reuse </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To demonstrate the value and impact of service delivery </li></ul></ul>Why research-led practice?
  9. 11. http://dpi.wi.gov/pld/econimpact.html Florida study : for every $1 invested in public libraries there is a $6.54 return
  10. 12. <ul><ul><li>Improves decision-making  services delivery, yet… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exploitation of existing knowledge base for services improvement </li></ul></ul>… librarians tend to be action-oriented, relying on… experience and professional judgment to make decisions. (SLA, 2001)
  11. 13. <ul><ul><li>Multi-disciplinary nature of LIS literature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Across publications of various domains </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grey sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Straightforward access not always obvious, e.g. unpublished internal studies, summaries on listservs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Valuable work is often not published at all </li></ul></ul>We suffer “evaluation by-pass” (Booth, 2006)
  12. 14. <ul><ul><li>Multi-disciplinary nature of LIS literature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Across publications of various domains </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grey sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Straightforward access not always obvious, e.g. unpublished internal studies, summaries on listservs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Valuable work is often not published at all </li></ul></ul>We suffer “evaluation by-pass” (Booth, 2006) TIME
  13. 15. <ul><ul><li>Good on advocacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries are a “good thing” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good at measuring tangibles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. transactions </li></ul></ul></ul>Demonstration of value and impact of services delivery
  14. 16. <ul><ul><li>Good on advocacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries are a “good thing” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good at measuring tangibles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. transactions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less skilled at demonstrating value and impact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This is the evidence that politically important stakeholders need to justify further investment </li></ul></ul></ul>Demonstration of value and impact of services delivery
  15. 17. <ul><ul><li>Good on advocacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries are a “good thing” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good at measuring tangibles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. transactions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less skilled at demonstrating value and impact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This is the evidence that politically important stakeholders need to justify further investment </li></ul></ul></ul>Demonstration of value and impact of services delivery To what extent have innovations in your services delivery contributed to student retention, or to attracting international student fee income, or to improvements in research assessment ratings?
  16. 18. <ul><li>About practitioner-led research (as opposed to research-led practice): LIS practitioners as researchers… </li></ul>
  17. 19. <ul><ul><li>Few LIS practitioners publish research in international peer-reviewed journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Exception – North American librarians seeking tenure </li></ul></ul></ul>Practitioner-led research
  18. 20. <ul><ul><li>Few LIS practitioners publish research in international peer-reviewed journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Exception – North American librarians seeking tenure </li></ul></ul></ul>Practitioner-led research … librarians are regarded as experts at searching for evidence to support the practice of other professionals but are very unlikely to do the same for their own practice. Booth (2002) notes the irony of this
  19. 21. <ul><ul><li>No ambiguity in job title of “research scientist” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This person engages in research </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ambiguity in the job title “research librarian” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Professional who engages in research? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Professional who supports the research of others? </li></ul></ul></ul>The understanding of job titles is also indicative of the irony
  20. 22. .  I primarily attempt to assist people in locating information that they need to successfully complete their scholarly endeavors.
  21. 23. <ul><ul><li>Time constraints of the practitioner role </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low internal support of research activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited knowledge of research approaches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Failure to recognise research activity/skills as such </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poor access to external support of research activity, e.g. funding, mentors </li></ul></ul>The research-practice “gap”
  22. 24. <ul><ul><li>Resources set up to save LIS researchers’ time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advocacy to persuade services managers of need to support research initiatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources and events to extend repertoire of research approaches in LIS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Efforts to improve recognition of research knowledge within the profession </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus for external research support in LIS </li></ul></ul>The LIS Research Coalition is working to narrow the gap
  23. 25. Research funding opportunities Studentships offered Invitation to join consultation Research report published Topical debate Report of on-going research Training event announced Conference registration open New journal issue published Conference offering funded places Research report published Saving practitioner researchers’ time: Twitter feed as current awareness.
  24. 26. Saving practitioner time: resources on the Coalition web pages.
  25. 27. Encouraging top-level support for practitioner research.
  26. 28. Extending the repertoire of research approaches, and plans for further events in 2010/11.
  27. 29. Providing opportunities for ongoing research to be recognised. The full One Minute Madness video can be accessed from: http://www.vimeo.com/12948960
  28. 30. Acting as the focus for external support of LIS research in the UK.
  29. 31. <ul><li>The hard sell: increase your engagement in LIS research with the support of the LIS Research Coalition… </li></ul>
  30. 32. <ul><ul><li>Organisational priorities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Inform practice, decisions on future services developments </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrate impact and value </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal priorities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Job satisfaction: intellectual stimulation & enjoyment of learning, pride in enhancing work practice, (retention) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enhance “peer” relationships, e.g. academia </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Career benefits: profile/reputation, leadership development, CPD  career progression </li></ul></ul></ul>Increased engagement in research supports
  31. 33. <ul><ul><li>Share good practice beyond individual services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Raise profile of LIS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Evidence-based profession, like others – support role plus </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support claims of LIS value </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To individuals: e.g. education, social mobility </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To citizens/society: e.g. enhanced local communities, contribution to culture and heritage </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To specialist user groups: e.g. information provision to business to support economic development </li></ul></ul></ul>Priorities at level of profession or discipline
  32. 34. <ul><ul><li>Find out more at http://lisresearch.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Suggestions for content welcomed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow @LISResearch on Twitter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>@LISResearch will tweet your research-related news, queries... </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review materials from the conference held at the British Library on 28 th June </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>See http://lisresearch.org/conference-2010 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Join us and help build the evidence base </li></ul></ul>Seize the opportunities of research-led practice and practitioner-led research
  33. 35. <ul><ul><li>Booth, A. (2002). Mirage or reality? Health Information Libraries Journal 19 , 56-58. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Booth, A. (2006). Clear and present questions: formulating questions for evidence based practice. Library Hi Tech 24 (3), 355-368. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special Libraries Association (2001, June). SLA research statement . URL http://www.sla.org/content/resources/research/rsrchstatement.cfm (accessed 4 July 2010). </li></ul></ul>References
  34. 36. <ul><li>LIS Research Coalition </li></ul><ul><li>http://lisresearch.org </li></ul><ul><li>@LISResearch </li></ul><ul><li>Dr Hazel Hall </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>+44 (0)7969 078181 </li></ul>
  35. 37. Seizing the opportunity of research-led practice Dr Hazel Hall Library and Information Science Research Coalition

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