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A coordinated approach to Library and Information
Science Research: the UK experience
iSchool/KMDI Colloquia Series, Facul...
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
http://hazelhall.org/about
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
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Establishment of the LIS Research Coalition
2006-2008: Consultations
March 2009: Coalition fo...
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
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www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
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To facilitate a co-ordinated
and strategic approach to LIS
research across the UK
(2009-2012)...
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
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To facilitate a co-ordinated
and strategic approach to LIS
research across the UK
(2009-2012)...
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
Page 7
To facilitate a co-ordinated
and strategic approach to LIS
research across the UK
(2009-2012)...
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
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To facilitate a co-ordinated
and strategic approach to LIS
research across the UK
(2009-2012)...
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
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£229,000 total investment
• ~$462,400 CAD
£45,000 for DREaM
• ~$90,900 CAD
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
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Access to existing resources to be exploited and reused:
http://lisresearch.org/links/multip...
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
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Resources to support LIS practitioners as researchers:
http://lisresearch.org/links/lis-reso...
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
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Heavy use of a Twitter
feed that is still active in
2015: @LISResearch
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
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Use of other social media
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
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To develop a UK-wide
network of LIS researchers
(2011-2012)
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
DREaM events and reach
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Five events
2 conferences
3 linked workshops – for the ‘cadre’ of DRE...
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
DREaM as a vehicle for research methods training
Page 16
Expert-led sessions on:
Data mining
Discour...
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
DREaM as forum for dissemination of research
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Unconference half hour: sample topics
Digital r...
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
DREaM impact in 2012
Page 18
Growth in knowledge and expertise in
research skills
Substantial growth...
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
DREaM impact post-project: anecdotal evidence
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Development of new resources
Research, evaluat...
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
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Since 2012, to what extent have the
workshop participants:
1. Implemented new and innovative...
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
Work undertaken in 2015: desk research and survey
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Research Associate
Dr Bruce Ryan
Literatur...
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
Work undertaken in 2015: focus groups
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10 participants
4 in Edinburgh
6 in London
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
[I have used this session] to
inform consultancy work with
clients. It highlighted a
number of issue...
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
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2. Dissemination of relevant, high priority research output to
inform policy, determine info...
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
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2. Dissemination of relevant, high priority research output to
inform policy, determine info...
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
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3. Enhanced possibilities for the exploration of
avenues for new research initiatives (1)
Ne...
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
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3. Enhanced possibilities for the exploration of
avenues for new research initiatives (2)
Im...
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
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4. Sustainability: a loose but persistent network
Live ties
22 DREaMers maintain both social...
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
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5. Impact of research
Claims of impact for 40 of 87 outputs, by 12 authors
Informed policy: ...
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
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6. Other significant impact
Delivery of events
Format, e.g. lecture-workshop switch
Delegate...
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
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What next?
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
Dissemination of outcomes of DREaM Again
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Presentations
Hall, H. (2015). A coordinated and st...
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
Dissemination of outcomes of DREaM Again
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Presentations
Hall, H. (2015). A coordinated and st...
www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
Contact Hazel Hall
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@hazelh
http://hazelhall.org
http://about.me/hazelh
h.hall@napier.ac.uk
+...
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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.

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A coordinated approach to Library and Information Science Research: the UK experience

  1. 1. A coordinated approach to Library and Information Science Research: the UK experience iSchool/KMDI Colloquia Series, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto 5th November 2015 Dr Hazel Hall Professor of Social Informatics @hazelh
  2. 2. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi http://hazelhall.org/about
  3. 3. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Page 3 Establishment of the LIS Research Coalition 2006-2008: Consultations March 2009: Coalition formally established by 5 founding members August 2009: Dr Hazel Hall appointed to lead the implementation, 2 days per week in a seconded role
  4. 4. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Page 4
  5. 5. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Page 5 To facilitate a co-ordinated and strategic approach to LIS research across the UK (2009-2012)  To bring together information about LIS research opportunities and results  To encourage dialogue between research funders  To promote LIS practitioner research and translate research outcomes into practice  To articulate a strategic approach to LIS research  To promote the development of research capacity in LIS
  6. 6. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Page 6 To facilitate a co-ordinated and strategic approach to LIS research across the UK (2009-2012)  To bring together information about LIS research opportunities and results  To encourage dialogue between research funders  To promote LIS practitioner research and translate research outcomes into practice  To articulate a strategic approach to LIS research  To promote the development of research capacity in LIS
  7. 7. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Page 7 To facilitate a co-ordinated and strategic approach to LIS research across the UK (2009-2012) To develop a UK-wide network of LIS researchers (2011-2012)
  8. 8. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Page 8 To facilitate a co-ordinated and strategic approach to LIS research across the UK (2009-2012) To explore the extent to which LIS research projects influence practice (2011) To create outputs to support the use and execution of research by librarians and information scientists (2012) To develop a UK-wide network of LIS researchers (2011-2012)
  9. 9. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Page 9 £229,000 total investment • ~$462,400 CAD £45,000 for DREaM • ~$90,900 CAD
  10. 10. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Page 10 Access to existing resources to be exploited and reused: http://lisresearch.org/links/multiple-resource-listings/
  11. 11. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Page 11 Resources to support LIS practitioners as researchers: http://lisresearch.org/links/lis-resources/
  12. 12. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Page 12 Heavy use of a Twitter feed that is still active in 2015: @LISResearch
  13. 13. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Page 13 Use of other social media
  14. 14. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Page 14 To develop a UK-wide network of LIS researchers (2011-2012)
  15. 15. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi DREaM events and reach Page 15 Five events 2 conferences 3 linked workshops – for the ‘cadre’ of DREaMers 213 participants, 33 presenters Remote audience ~80 blog posts ~800 tweets Multiple web pages, SlideShares, SoundClouds, Vimeos etc.
  16. 16. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi DREaM as a vehicle for research methods training Page 16 Expert-led sessions on: Data mining Discourse analysis Ethnography Horizon scanning Repertory grids Research ethics and legal issues Research impact Research and policy Research techniques from history Social network analysis User involvement in research Webometrics
  17. 17. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi DREaM as forum for dissemination of research Page 17 Unconference half hour: sample topics Digital research and curation M-libraries Quality improvement in the delivery of medical information services Training of academic librarians One Minute Madness: sample topics E-books Digital reference services Information literacy Web archiving One Minute madness videos: 2011; 2012 Unconference half hour: 1; 2; 3
  18. 18. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi DREaM impact in 2012 Page 18 Growth in knowledge and expertise in research skills Substantial growth in theoretical knowledge Modest increase in application of new skills Greater confidence as researchers Widened networks Brettle, A., Hall, H., & Oppenheim, C. (2012). We have a DREaM: the Developing Research Excellence and Methods network. Paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, Limerick, Ireland, 22-25 May 2012.
  19. 19. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi DREaM impact post-project: anecdotal evidence Page 19 Development of new resources Research, evaluation and audit, Facet, 2013 First editor was a DREaMer A third of the book’s authors had some involvement with the Coalition Events Organised by DREaMers Participation from others who were associated with the project What else? Particular interest in less visible impact
  20. 20. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Page 20 Since 2012, to what extent have the workshop participants: 1. Implemented new and innovative research methods/techniques in their work-place environments? 2. Undertaken and disseminated relevant, high priority research output to inform policy, determine information services provision, and develop the future LIS research agenda? 3. Experienced enhanced possibilities for exploring avenues for new research initiatives as a result of network participation? 4. Continued to work as a network? 5. Witnessed impact of their post-DREaM research on end-user communities? DREaM Again study summer 2015
  21. 21. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Work undertaken in 2015: desk research and survey Page 21 Research Associate Dr Bruce Ryan Literature review Impact as conceived in LIS Survey Designed to gather data on 5 main research questions Distributed to 35 DREaMers Completed by 32
  22. 22. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Work undertaken in 2015: focus groups Page 22 10 participants 4 in Edinburgh 6 in London
  23. 23. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi [I have used this session] to inform consultancy work with clients. It highlighted a number of issues and prompted me to research further. Although I have not used this in my own research...this has been really helpful in allowing me to understand and participate in discussions about research methods. Page 23 1. Implementation of new and innovative research methods/techniques in work-place environments Most influential training sessions Increasing research impact Social network analysis Most used Research ethics and legal issues Value of awareness To participate in discourse around research For future reference
  24. 24. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Page 24 2. Dissemination of relevant, high priority research output to inform policy, determine information services provision, and develop the future LIS research agenda (1) Research undertaken post-DREaM 50% actively involved in research Top themes: LIS; information literacy, policy, and health Other themes include cultural heritage, data mining, data protection, economics, education, employability, knowledge management, law, politics, psychiatry, and social justice
  25. 25. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Page 25 2. Dissemination of relevant, high priority research output to inform policy, determine information services provision, and develop the future LIS research agenda (2) The majority have: Presented their work internally Contributed to blogs and other social media feeds Published their work in journals Peer-reviewed others’ work for journals and/or conferences and/or books Outputs: 87 research outputs post-DREaM (4.8 per actively publishing DREaMer) Most productive DREaMers: academics, researchers, and PhD students Most ‘impactful’ DREaMers: academics (4), health care librarians (2), academic librarians (2), and PhD students (3)
  26. 26. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Page 26 3. Enhanced possibilities for the exploration of avenues for new research initiatives (1) Network ties and research outputs Correlation between quantity of work-related network ties and research outputs New ‘avenues’: role changes and research outputs 17 changed roles post-DREaM (53%) 11 of these role changes were influenced by DREaM Correlation between quantity of research outputs and likelihood of having changed role
  27. 27. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Page 27 3. Enhanced possibilities for the exploration of avenues for new research initiatives (2) Impact on careers DREaM contributed to the development of my research capability and profile and has influenced my decision to seek a stronger academic role. I have been promoted… This required a considerable research portfolio and DREaM has contributed to this. Furthermore [two cadre members] provided references. DREaM gave me the confidence to go for more senior roles, and gave me a thorough background knowledge in research. Involvement in the project helped me develop confidence as an LIS researcher to go on to write successful bids and be an active part of the LIS research community.
  28. 28. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Page 28 4. Sustainability: a loose but persistent network Live ties 22 DREaMers maintain both social and work-related ties 9 DREaMers maintain either social or work-related ties 1 DREaMer no longer networked Network profiles Work-related ties centre on academics Social ties centre on academics and practitioners Collaborations 12 active collaborators on 37 initiatives Collaborators most productive: over 70% of research outputs
  29. 29. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Page 29 5. Impact of research Claims of impact for 40 of 87 outputs, by 12 authors Informed policy: 20 Determined information services provision: 23 Developed the future LIS research agenda: 15 All three: 5 Examples Understanding of students’ use of learning spaces  changes to physical environment within academic library service Web log analysis of online resource  introduction of Named Entity Recognition to major digital resource Articulation of information literacy priorities  public library participation in the discourse
  30. 30. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Page 30 6. Other significant impact Delivery of events Format, e.g. lecture-workshop switch Delegate participation, e.g. One Minute Madness Speaker participation, e.g. widened pool Reporting of events Deployment of social media
  31. 31. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Page 31 What next?
  32. 32. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Dissemination of outcomes of DREaM Again Page 32 Presentations Hall, H. (2015). A coordinated and strategic approach to Library and Information Science research: the UK experience. Paper presented as part of the Colloquium Series of the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, Canada 5 November 2015 Hall, H. (2015). Creating a UK-wide network of LIS researchers. Library Research Symposium. McMaster University, Canada, 3 November 2015 Hall, H. & Ryan, B. (2015). DREaM Again. Paper presented as part of the 21st Century Curatorship Seminar Series. British Library, London, 10 September 2015 Publications in the pipeline Paper on empirical work to be submitted to Journal of Documentation, with parallel activity in the practitioner press Full literature review on impact as conceived in LIS
  33. 33. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Dissemination of outcomes of DREaM Again Page 33 Presentations Hall, H. (2015). A coordinated and strategic approach to Library and Information Science research: the UK experience. Paper presented as part of the Colloquium Series of the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, 5 November 2015 Hall, H. (2015). Creating a UK-wide network of LIS researchers. Library Research Symposium. McMaster University, Canada, 3 November 2015 Hall, H. & Ryan, B. (2015). DREaM Again. Paper presented as part of the 21st Century Curatorship Seminar Series. British Library, London, 10 September 2015 Publications in the pipeline Paper on empirical work to be submitted to Journal of Documentation, with parallel activity in the practitioner press Full literature review on impact as conceived in LIS When’s the next DREaM event Hazel?
  34. 34. www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Contact Hazel Hall Page 34 @hazelh http://hazelhall.org http://about.me/hazelh h.hall@napier.ac.uk +44 (0)131 455 2760 Slides on SlideShare at: http://slideshare.net/hazelhall
  35. 35. A coordinated approach to Library and Information Science Research: the UK experience iSchool/KMDI Colloquia Series, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto 5th November 2015 Dr Hazel Hall Professor of Social Informatics @hazelh

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