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Practitioner research: value, impact, and priorities

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Opening paper presented by Professor Hazel Hall at the ‘Themes and trends in library and information research‘ conference hosted by CILIP in Kent at Canterbury Christ Church University on Wednesday 8th November 2017.

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Practitioner research: value, impact, and priorities

  1. 1. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 Incorporating a research-minded approach to professional practice Opening keynote presentation to the European Association for Health Information and Libraries, the International Conference of Animal Health Information Specialists, and the International Clinical Librarian Conference University of Edinburgh, Wednesday 10th June 2015 Practitioner research: value, impact, and priorities Professor Hazel Hall Edinburgh Napier University
  2. 2. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi #libresearch17
  3. 3. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi http://hazelhall.org/about @hazelh
  4. 4. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi http://hazelhall.org/CV
  5. 5. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Research about libraries
  6. 6. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi
  7. 7. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Research about business information
  8. 8. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Research about information/knowledge sharing/management
  9. 9. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi THEORY!
  10. 10. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Academics as teaching practitioners
  11. 11. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi http://hazelhall.org/CV
  12. 12. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi 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 Establishment of the LIS Research Coalition To facilitate a co-ordinated and strategic approach to LIS research across the UK (2009-2012)
  13. 13. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi http://lisresearch.org @LISResearch
  14. 14. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Heavy use of social media through Twitter feed still active in 2017
  15. 15. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Publications related to the general mission of the LIS Research Coalition
  16. 16. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi 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)
  17. 17. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Publications related to the DREaM and RiLIES
  18. 18. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi ‘To facilitate a co-ordinated and strategic approach to LIS research across the UK’ Provision of a formal structure Improve access to LIS research Maximise the relevance and impact of LIS research Main aims Bring together information about LIS research opportunities and results Encourage dialogue between research funders Promote LIS practitioner research and the translation of research outcomes into practice Articulate a strategic approach to LIS research Promote the development of research capacity in LIS
  19. 19. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi ‘To facilitate a co-ordinated and strategic approach to LIS research across the UK’: relevance to practitioners Provision of a formal structure Improve access to LIS research Maximise the relevance and impact of LIS research Main aims Bring together information about LIS research opportunities and results Encourage dialogue between research funders Promote LIS practitioner research and the translation of research outcomes into practice Articulate a strategic approach to LIS research Promote the development of research capacity in LIS
  20. 20. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Addressing the gap between research and practice: see also social work, nursing, policing…
  21. 21. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Williamson (1931) “RESEARCH: What attitude does the word evoke…Is the emotional state produced pleasant or unpleasant, or a mixture of these two elementary reactions?” (p. 1) “What about research in the library field? A little sporadic work here and there…” (p. 5)
  22. 22. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi 86 years later: still calls for research-led practice and practitioner-led research
  23. 23. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Why research-led practice? To exploit the existing knowledge-base for service improvement For improvements in decision making for services delivery To enhance the value of prior work So that it is possible to capitalise on significant investment in prior research work To raise the value of previous studies through reuse To demonstrate the value and impact of service delivery beyond “libraries are a good thing” So that investment is maintained and high levels of service continue “Even though the librarian may not himself engage in serious research, he should be able to grasp readily and appreciate the significance of scientific studies made by others.” (Williamson, 1931, p. 16)
  24. 24. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Why practitioner-led research? To meet service and organisational priorities Inform practice, decisions on future service developments Demonstrate value and impact
  25. 25. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Practitioner-led research: personal benefits Job satisfaction Intellectual stimulation and enjoyment of learning Pride in enhancing work practice (Retention) Career benefits Strengthened connection with subject area Development of independent profile/reputation, e.g. through publications CPD and leadership development Enhanced ‘peer’ relationships, e.g. academia  Career progression
  26. 26. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Current areas of research interest: an example Stated research areas of the Centre for Social Informatics Democratic digital engagement eGovernment Information policy Information seeking behaviour and use Knowledge management The Information Society Online communities Open data and open government Current project themes Information literacy of community councillors Value and impact of public libraries Knowledge sharing in the public sector Workplace learning Job search as an information seeking behaviour Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter posts and personal reputation management Makerspaces Social impact evaluation of digital youth initiatives
  27. 27. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi https://drhazelhall.files.wordpress.com/2 017/08/2017_08_csi-flyer2.pdf
  28. 28. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi See other BAILER profiles: http://www.bailer.ac.uk
  29. 29. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Generating research ideas What’s bothering you? Is this information literacy programme for first years making any difference? What are the ethical considerations around the employment of volunteers in our branch libraries? What is the impact of our library blog on services provision/relationships with our users/workload of library staff?
  30. 30. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Generating research ideas What’s hot? What was the impact of the investment in the People’s Network 20 years ago? How will the new look CILIP journal – Information Professional – be received? How useful are library disaster recovery strategies in practice after fire, flooding, cyber- attack etc? What can public library services contribute to debt crisis services? What are the best ways to operate makerspaces in libraries? How do professional librarians engage with Wikipedia – as users, as creators of content? What will be the impact of GDPR on libraries? Ideas generated from 4 pages of CILIP Update!
  31. 31. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi You only have to start looking…
  32. 32. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi http://hazelhall.org/publications/
  33. 33. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi http://lisresearch.org/publications-and-presentations/
  34. 34. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi All images Hazel’s own except: Research Way (adapted) by Graham Richardson Available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/didbygraham/313281474 Licensed under CC BY 2.0 Mind the gap (adapted) by Jeremy Segrott Available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/126337928@N05/21419985153 Licensed under CC BY 2.0
  35. 35. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 www.napier.ac.uk/iidi Contact Hazel Hall @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
  36. 36. Themes and trends in library and information research – Canterbury – 8th November 2017 Incorporating a research-minded approach to professional practice Opening keynote presentation to the European Association for Health Information and Libraries, the International Conference of Animal Health Information Specialists, and the International Clinical Librarian Conference University of Edinburgh, Wednesday 10th June 2015 Practitioner research: value, impact, and priorities Professor Hazel Hall Edinburgh Napier University

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