Research into practice: library and information research resources briefing

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Presentation by Hazel Hall at LIRG LIS research resources briefing, July 10th 2012, London. Further details at http://lisresearch.org/2012/07/10/research-into-practice-lis-research-resources-briefing/

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Research into practice: library and information research resources briefing

  1. 1. Research into practice: library and information research resources briefingChristine Irving, Peter Cruickshank & Hazel Hall Edinburgh Napier University
  2. 2. Today’s agenda #rilies
  3. 3. Today’s agenda
  4. 4. Today’s agenda
  5. 5. Peter: evidence base, sources, tools
  6. 6. Christine: community response
  7. 7. Hazel: RiLIES rationale and results
  8. 8. Getting to know one another• Task to be completed in groups of 3 or 4 – Introduce yourself to your other group members and tell them about your work and interests in LIS research – Together decide which sticker to add to your badge • Red: practitioner interested in LIS research • Green: practitioner who conducts LIS research • Yellow: LIS researcher (i.e. someone who is LIS research- active but does not currently practise as a library or information professional) • Orange: other, e.g. consultant
  9. 9. The Coalition, DREaM & RiLIES To develop a UK-wide network of LIS researchersTo facilitate a co-ordinatedand strategic approach toLIS research across the UK
  10. 10. The Coalition, DREaM & RiLIES To develop a UK-wide network of LIS researchers To explore the extent to which LIS research projects influence LIS practiceTo facilitate a co-ordinatedand strategic approach toLIS research across the UK
  11. 11. The Coalition, DREaM & RiLIES To develop a UK-wide network of LIS researchers To create outputs to support the use and 2 execution of research by librarians and information scientistsTo facilitate a co-ordinatedand strategic approach toLIS research across the UK
  12. 12. The Coalition, DREaM & RiLIES To develop a UK-wide network of LIS researchers Both RiLIES projects are concerned with impactTo facilitate a co-ordinatedand strategic approach toLIS research across the UK
  13. 13. Impact: why?• Investment in research should deliver a socio- economic impact – Need for an evidence base on which to base decision-making in public services • Need for the evidence base to be consulted – Research funders focus on value for money – REF2014
  14. 14. Impact: why?• Investment in research should deliver a socio- economic impact – Need for an evidence base on which to base decision-making in public services • Need for the evidence base to be consulted – Research funders focus on value for money – REF2014
  15. 15. Impact in the context of LIS & RiLIESProjects Focus Key research questionLIS The evaluation of library What is the impact of these services? and information services Methods for evaluation What is the best way to measure the impact of library and information service provision? services Bibliometrics What is the impact of specific research outputs on the work of others (“academic” impact)?RiLIES1 Links between research To what extent do funded LIS projects output and practice influence practice? Which factors increase/hinder the impact of research findings on those who deliver library and information services?
  16. 16. Impact in the context of LIS & RiLIESProjects Focus Key research questionLIS The evaluation of library What is the impact of these services? and information services Methods for evaluation What is the best way to measure the impact of library and information service provision? services Bibliometrics What is the impact of specific research outputs on the work of others (“academic” impact)?RiLIES1 Links between research To what extent do funded LIS projects output and practice influence practice? Which factors increase/hinder the impact of research findings on those who deliver library and information services?
  17. 17. RiLIES1 project stages• February to July 2011• Desk research – Literature review• Empirical work – Practitioner poll – 5 case studies of “impactful” projects – 3 sector-specific focus groups – Validation survey
  18. 18. 5 “Impactful” studies identified from the practitioner poll1. Open to all (2000)2. eValued (2004)3. Researchers’ use of academic libraries (2007)4. Evaluating clinical librarian studies (2009)5. School libraries in the UK (2010)
  19. 19. RiLIES1 findings as relevant to today’s themes• What did the findings from RiLIES1 tell us about: – preferences for exploiting the existing evidence base? – long-term research support needs of LIS (practitioner) researchers?
  20. 20. Preferences for exploiting the existing evidence base• Dissemination face-to- face highly valued New! – tailored – overcomes fragmented infrastructures, informat ion overload• Textual dissemination – teaching & community support materials – in accessible language
  21. 21. Preferences for exploiting the existing evidence base• Dissemination face-to- face highly valued – tailored – overcomes fragmented infrastructures, informat ion overload• Textual dissemination – teaching & community support materials – in accessible language
  22. 22. Social media as key tools to raise awareness of researchNew!
  23. 23. Practitioners more likely to exploitresearch if involved in project design
  24. 24. Long-term support needs of LIS (practitioner) researchers• Training needs – How to attract funding, sponsorship, high level stakeholders – How to replicate good practice from other sectors• Challenges – Relevance of funded projects depends on practitioner input: explicit research goal should be to influence practice – Lack of institutional/professional “reward” for research activity
  25. 25. From RiLIES1 to RiLIES2 Peter will cover (amongst other things): sample teaching and community support materials we have developed (leaflets); how we have addressed problem of fragmented infrastructures (web pages); proposals for technical/community solutions to issues of access.
  26. 26. Contact details:http://about.me/hazelhh.hall@napier.ac.uk@hazelh

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