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Australian special libraries using evidence in daily practice
Australian special libraries using evidence in daily practice
Australian special libraries using evidence in daily practice
Australian special libraries using evidence in daily practice
Australian special libraries using evidence in daily practice
Australian special libraries using evidence in daily practice
Australian special libraries using evidence in daily practice
Australian special libraries using evidence in daily practice
Australian special libraries using evidence in daily practice
Australian special libraries using evidence in daily practice
Australian special libraries using evidence in daily practice
Australian special libraries using evidence in daily practice
Australian special libraries using evidence in daily practice
Australian special libraries using evidence in daily practice
Australian special libraries using evidence in daily practice
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Australian special libraries using evidence in daily practice

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This presentation at the Research Applications in Information and Library Studies (RAILS) Seminar, 18 June 2013 at RMIT Melbourne, shared preliminary findings from a research study that sought to …

This presentation at the Research Applications in Information and Library Studies (RAILS) Seminar, 18 June 2013 at RMIT Melbourne, shared preliminary findings from a research study that sought to identify types of evidence that are used (or not used) by Australian special librarians in daily professional practice. It also explored environmental factors and influences associated with using evidence in daily practice.

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  • 1. Australian speciallibrarians usingevidence in dailypractice Alisa HowlettSupervisor: Zaana Howard
  • 2. “Evidence-based librarianship is anapproach to information science thatpromotes the collection, interpretationand integration of valid, important andapplicable user-reported,librarian observed, andresearch derived evidence....”Booth (2002)
  • 3. “....The best available evidence,moderated by user needs andpreferences, is applied to improvethe quality of professional judgments.”Booth (2002)
  • 4. Research evidencemay be the mostrecognisable type ofevidence......but it is not the onlytype.
  • 5. Similar studiesThorpe, Partridge & Edwards,2008explored experiences of evidence-basedpractice by practitionersKoufogiannakis, 2012identified types of evidence used byacademic librarians in daily practice
  • 6. •the types of evidenceused by Australian special librarianswhen or in what circumstances types ofevidencemost useful or reliableinforming daily practiceI wanted to find out...
  • 7. a qualitative studyreflection entries & semi-structured interviewsa constant comparison method for data analysispurposive sampling, 5 Australian special librarians‘map’ themes using existing frameworksI did this with...
  • 8. Australian special librariansuse adiverse range of evidencefrom spheres of contextualrelevanceFinding one:
  • 9. Individual knowledge andexperienceColleagues - feedback and inputColleagues - non-LISprofessionalsUsers- feedback / suggestions- values- requestsProcess / routineFiles / documentationUsage statisticstypes of evidence in spheres of relevance
  • 10. the organisation directsthe use of evidenceFinding two:
  • 11. evidence “simmers”before it is usedFinding three:
  • 12. Information Evidencefrom“current awareness” informationtobecoming evidence in a given situationwhat happens in between?
  • 13. time / availabilitydifferences in understanding of evidence andevidence-based practice for LIS betweenpractitioners and researchersevidence used for reference services vspracticeLimitations
  • 14. This research highlights a needfor a more inclusive EBLIPmodel that recognises the typesand uses of evidence...making it reflective of theLIS professional context
  • 15. thank youacrystelle@gmail.com@acrystellehttp://acrystelle.comhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/mauriziomontanaro/4716149451/

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