In 2009, the Library and Information Science (LIS) Research Coalition was established in the UK by major players in the LIS landscape. The Coalition had a particular interest in supporting practicing librarians and information scientists, both in how they can access and exploit available research in their work, and in their own development as practitioner researchers.
One of the Coalition’s key initiatives was the Developing Research Excellence and Methods (DREaM) project, through which a formal UK-wide network of LIS researchers was successfully developed. In this presentation, Professor Hall discusses how the LIS Research Coalition tackled the challenges of LIS research at a national level and reflects on the longer-term impact of the project with particular reference to the findings of the DREaM Again project—a recent follow-up exploration of the lasting impacts of DREaM. Not only have half of the DREaM participants been actively involved in research since the end of the project, but just under half report that their research outputs have already had an impact—informing policy, and/or determining information services provision, and/or developing the LIS research agenda. Analysis of the network ties between the participants reveals that a loose but persistent network of DREaMers endures, wherein both social and work-related connections are important.