Coalition and collaboration: supporting the development of LIS research in the UK

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Hazel Hall's invited keynote paper presented at Information: interactions and impact 2011 (i3), Aberdeen, 22 June 2011.

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  • 2006-2008 consultations March 2009 agreement
  • 2006-2008 consultations March 2009 agreement
  • 2006-2008 consultations March 2009 agreement
  • 2006-2008 consultations March 2009 agreement
  • 2006-2008 consultations March 2009 agreement
  • 2006-2008 consultations March 2009 agreement
  • Fragmentation leads to problems finding out about (1) funding; (2) research results
  • Communication difficulties between funders
  • This is a library
  • Low practitioner researcher skills
  • Good at measuring tangibles, e.g. issues
  • Good at measuring tangibles, e.g. issues
  • Good at measuring tangibles, e.g. issues
  • Coalition and collaboration: supporting the development of LIS research in the UK

    1. 1. Coalition and CollaborationSupporting the development of LIS research in the UK i3 keynote, 23 June 2011 Hazel Hall @hazelh (& @LISResearch)
    2. 2. Coalition
    3. 3. Focus for UK LISresearch
    4. 4. Focus for UK LISresearch British Library Research & British Library Research & Development Department Development Department
    5. 5. Focus for UK LISresearch Library & Information Library & Information Commission Commission
    6. 6. Focus for UK LIS Arts & Humanities Research Arts & Humanities Researchresearch Council (& Museums Libraries Council (& Museums Libraries & Archives Council) & Archives Council)
    7. 7. Focus for UK LISresearch Arts & Humanities Arts & Humanities Research Council (& Research Council (& Arts Council England) Arts Council England)
    8. 8. 2006 Arts & Humanities Research Arts & Humanities Research Council (& Museums Libraries Council (& Museums Libraries & Archives Council) & Archives Council) Something needs to be done!
    9. 9. Identification of sources of fundingAccess to previous research output
    10. 10. Communication betweenfunding bodies
    11. 11. Practitioner belief thatresearch takes place here
    12. 12. …whereas other thingshappen here
    13. 13. Lack of confidence amongstpractitioners regardingresearch skills & level ofinterest in any research output
    14. 14. http://www.flickr.com/photos/philbradleyhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/philbradley
    15. 15. While librarians are great on advocacy
    16. 16. … and they’re goodat measuring thetangible
    17. 17. What about value?
    18. 18. What about value? Please show me the evidence that demonstrates that the public library service has reduced anti-social behaviour in this community
    19. 19. What about impact?
    20. 20. What about impact? To what extent have innovations in services delivery contributed to improving exam results of the children at this school?
    21. 21. Evidence for politically important stakeholders… for accountability, informed practice
    22. 22. Other reasons for practitionerengagement in research Job satisfaction: intellectual stimulation, enjoyment of learning, pride, (retention) Enhanced peer relationships, career progression
    23. 23. Members and milestones2006-2008: Consultations with stakeholdersMarch 2009: Coalition established by 5 founding members  British Library, CILIP, JISC, MLA, RINAugust 2009: Hazel Hall appointed to lead implementationSeptember 2009: LaunchMarch 2010: SHALL – joins as associate memberJune 2010: Conference Evidence, value and impact: the LIS research landscape in 2010
    24. 24. Members and milestonesJuly 2010: COLICO - joins as associate memberJanuary 2011: DREaM project startFebruary 2011: RiLIES project startApril 2011: Coalition review commissionedMay 2011: SLIC – joins as associate memberJune 2011: CyMAL – joins as associate memberJuly 19th 2011: DREaM project launch conference, London
    25. 25. Facilitating a co-ordinated and strategic to LIS research across the UKFormal structure To improve access to LIS research  To maximise relevance and impact of LIS researchActing as the focus for external support of LIS research in the UK
    26. 26. Our goals are to:promote LIS practitioner research and the translation of research outcomes into practicebring together information about LIS research opportunities and resultspromote the development of research capacity in LISencourage dialogue between research fundersarticulate a strategic approach to LIS research
    27. 27. http://lisresearch.orghttp://lisresearch.org
    28. 28. To 20 June 2011To 20 June 2011Our provisionOur provision• 37 pages• 37 pages• 74 posts• 74 postsUser engagementUser engagement• 34,195 hits total• 34,195 hits total• Average 139 per day (May 2011)• Average 139 per day (May 2011)• 347 comments• 347 comments
    29. 29. Conference 2010Conference 2010Big investment in 2010Big investment in 2010Comprehensive archive Comprehensive archiveincludes all presentation slides, includes all presentation slides,write-ups of sessions, video write-ups of sessions, videofootage, contributions from footage, contributions fromremote participants, links to remote participants, links toblogged reviews, and analysis blogged reviews, and analysisof conference evaluation form of conference evaluation formdata. data.
    30. 30. EventsEventsGeneral listingsGeneral listings• Avoid clashes when planning events• Avoid clashes when planning events• Identify outlets for own work• Identify outlets for own workCoalition listingsCoalition listings• Keep a check on Coalition activities• Keep a check on Coalition activities
    31. 31. Publications pagePublications page• Published papers, full text• Published papers, full text• All presentations• All presentationsOutlets includeOutlets include• LISR, PLJ, IFLA, JoLIS• LISR, PLJ, IFLA, JoLIS• Online 2009, Online 2010, SCONUL,• Online 2009, Online 2010, SCONUL,BLA, CILIPBLA, CILIP
    32. 32. Links to major sources ofLinks to major sources ofsupport – funding, REF,support – funding, REF,other networks & theirother networks & theirresourcesresources
    33. 33. We also tweet!We also tweet!
    34. 34. To 20th June 2011To 20th June 2011Our provisionOur provision• 3,170 tweets• 3,170 tweets• We follow 57 feeds• We follow 57 feeds• We scan mailing lists• We scan mailing lists• We scan print publications• We scan print publications• We tweet events• We tweet eventsUser engagementUser engagement• 1,753 followers• 1,753 followers• 171 list entries• 171 list entries• Frequent retweeting of content• Frequent retweeting of content• International follow community• International follow community
    35. 35. Research funding opportunities Research funding opportunities Studentships offered Studentships offered Invitation to join consultation Invitation to join consultation Research report published Research report publishedTwitter feed as current Topical debate Topical debateTwitter feed as currentawarenessawareness Report of on-going research Report of on-going research Training event announced Training event announced Research report published Research report published Conference registration open Conference registration open New journal issue published New journal issue published Conference offering funded places Conference offering funded places
    36. 36. DREaM project: @LIS_DREaMDeveloping Research Excellence and MethodsSupported by AHRC grant awarded to Edinburgh NapierRuns January 2011 to August 2012Development of UK-wide network for LIS researchersTraining events and opportunities for knowledge exchange First event – conference, Tuesday 19th July 2011, London
    37. 37. DREaM project aims toBuild research capacity & capability development of innovative methods and techniques implementationRaise quality & standards of research training & practiceEstablish foundation for long-term research collaborationsEnhance value & impact of LIS researchInform future LIS research agendas for investment
    38. 38. Ultimately, it’s about services provision
    39. 39. DREaM project launch conference: Out of the comfort zoneTuesday 19th July 2011 (yes, in 4 weeks!)British Library Conference Centre, LondonKeynotes by Professor Blaise Cronin & Dr Dylan EvansParticipative sessions: one minute madness, breakoutsContributions by experts from beyond LISHow to register: http://bit.ly/LIS_DREaM_event1
    40. 40. RiLIES project: @LIS_RiLIESExplores the impact of LIS research on LIS practiceWork undertaken at Edinburgh NapierRuns February 2011 to July 2011Literature review, poll, focus groups, case studies, interviews, citation analysisUpdates blogged on Coalition web siteKeynote presentation at EBLIP6 Thursday 30 JuneFinal report to be published by RIN
    41. 41.  http://lisresearch.orgFollow @LISResearch @LISResearch will tweet your research-related news, queries...Follow @LIS_DREaM & @LIS_RiLIES
    42. 42. Collaboration
    43. 43. Information Science Pathway Scottish Graduate School of Social Science£20 million funding from ESRCLargest UK Doctoral Training Centre65 studentships per annum for 5 years10 Scottish Universities in totalIS pathway comprises Edinburgh Napier, Glasgow, RGU & StrathclydeShared provision
    44. 44. Information Science Pathway First eventiDocQ 201119th June 2011 at RGUOrganised primarily by a student committeeCross-University ExecutiveSome posters from the day exhibited at i3
    45. 45. Supporting the development of LIS research in the UK
    46. 46. Collaborations save time
    47. 47. Collaborations strengthen support
    48. 48. Collaborations develop tools and methods
    49. 49. Collaborations provide direction
    50. 50. e.g. to funding opportunities
    51. 51. or to networks & mentors
    52. 52. Collaborations lead to furtherinformation and opportunities
    53. 53. Collaborations lead to furtherinformation and opportunities
    54. 54. Professor Hazel Hallhazel.hall@lisresearch.org+44 (0)7 969 07 8181http://lisresearch.org@LISResearch Professor Hazel Hall h.hall@napier.ac.uk +44 (0)7 969 07 8181 http://www.soc.napier.ac.uk/~h @hazelh

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