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NOW I HAVETHESE SKILLS,HOW CAN I USETHEM?Practitioner researchorconducting research in practice in the information profess...
SO...  YOU’RE A  NEW OR  RECENT  GRADUATEPractitioner Research / Lyndelle Gunton   New Librarians Symposium 6 - Brisbane, ...
BUT…                                      Some graduates admit to a sense                                      of apprehen...
WHAT  WE’RE                               Making that jump from the theoretical to the  TALKING  ABOUT                    ...
PRACTITIONER                                               Information RESEARCH                                           ...
WHERE  TO START?                                          Looking for work in the                                         ...
LIMITATIONS AND          • Funding concerns FRUSTRATIONS WITH         • Working relationships RESEARCH     • Time manageme...
CASE  STUDY  #1INFORMATION PROFESSIONAL Alison MilesPOSITION Information Services LibrarianORGANISATION CityLibraries Town...
Image from http://smertlibrarians.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/socmedia1.jpg WHAT CAN GRADUATES DO?                        ...
CASE  STUDY  #2INFORMATION PROFESSIONAL  Amber DeanPOSITION Usability / User Experience ResearcherORGANISATION  Peak Usabi...
WHAT CAN EMPLOYERS DO?                                      • Encourage whole of team research                            ...
CASE  STUDY  #3INFORMATION PROFESSIONAL  Philippa BroadleyPOSITION  Data LibrarianORGANISATION  Queensland University  of ...
WHAT CAN  STUDENTS  DO?                                      • Participate in a research project.                         ...
IT’S  UP  TO  YOU                                          The commitment of all information                              ...
THANK YOU  Lyndelle Gunton  Librarian, information professional, PhD candidate  Information Studies Group  Queensland Univ...
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Now I have these skills, how can I use them: Practitioner research or research in practice in the information profession

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This presentation was delivered during the New Librarians' Symposium 6 at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia on 11 February 2013.

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Now I have these skills, how can I use them: Practitioner research or research in practice in the information profession

  1. 1. NOW I HAVETHESE SKILLS,HOW CAN I USETHEM?Practitioner researchorconducting research in practice in the information professionLYNDELLE GUNTON
  2. 2. SO... YOU’RE A NEW OR RECENT GRADUATEPractitioner Research / Lyndelle Gunton New Librarians Symposium 6 - Brisbane, Australia
  3. 3. BUT… Some graduates admit to a sense of apprehension about taking these skills and knowledge and applying them in the workplace.Practitioner Research / Lyndelle Gunton New Librarians Symposium 6 - Brisbane, Australia
  4. 4. WHAT WE’RE Making that jump from the theoretical to the TALKING ABOUT workplace TODAY Practitioner research and evidence based practice Examples of information professionals conducting research in practice Limitations and frustrations Strategies for graduates Strategies for employers Strategies for studentsPractitioner Research / Lyndelle Gunton New Librarians Symposium 6 - Brisbane, Australia
  5. 5. PRACTITIONER Information RESEARCH profession (local & AND EVIDENCE global) BASED PRACTICE Professional organisations You, the e.g. ALIA, information EBP QPLA, professional alumni chapters Library and information studies educationPractitioner Research / Lyndelle Gunton New Librarians Symposium 6 - Brisbane, Australia
  6. 6. WHERE TO START? Looking for work in the information profession? Already working?Practitioner Research / Lyndelle Gunton New Librarians Symposium 6 - Brisbane, Australia
  7. 7. LIMITATIONS AND • Funding concerns FRUSTRATIONS WITH • Working relationships RESEARCH • Time management IN PRACTICE • Lack of recognition for research skills • Time constraints for publishing • Difficulties in contributing to future of LIS professional agenda • Unsupportive institutional culture • Low research engagement & subsequent impact of research outcomesPractitioner Research / Lyndelle Gunton New Librarians Symposium 6 - Brisbane, Australia
  8. 8. CASE STUDY #1INFORMATION PROFESSIONAL Alison MilesPOSITION Information Services LibrarianORGANISATION CityLibraries TownsvillePractitioner Research / Lyndelle Gunton New Librarians Symposium 6 - Brisbane, Australia
  9. 9. Image from http://smertlibrarians.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/socmedia1.jpg WHAT CAN GRADUATES DO? • Collaborate • Find a mentor • Refresh skills • Continue study • Write and publish • Network and communicate • Identify research opportunitiesPractitioner Research / Lyndelle Gunton New Librarians Symposium 6 - Brisbane, Australia
  10. 10. CASE STUDY #2INFORMATION PROFESSIONAL Amber DeanPOSITION Usability / User Experience ResearcherORGANISATION Peak UsabilityPractitioner Research / Lyndelle Gunton New Librarians Symposium 6 - Brisbane, Australia
  11. 11. WHAT CAN EMPLOYERS DO? • Encourage whole of team research engagement and partnering • Encourage individual professional development • Share research project outcomes and wins • Build a culture in which evidence based decision making is valued and automaticPractitioner Research / Lyndelle Gunton New Librarians Symposium 6 - Brisbane, Australia
  12. 12. CASE STUDY #3INFORMATION PROFESSIONAL Philippa BroadleyPOSITION Data LibrarianORGANISATION Queensland University of Technology LibraryPractitioner Research / Lyndelle Gunton New Librarians Symposium 6 - Brisbane, Australia
  13. 13. WHAT CAN STUDENTS DO? • Participate in a research project. • Become familiar with research language and look out for positions and position descriptions that use this language. • Practice looking for and identifying LIS research opportunities • Become confident in your ability to conduct steps in the research process and share your findingsPractitioner Research / Lyndelle Gunton New Librarians Symposium 6 - Brisbane, Australia
  14. 14. IT’S UP TO YOU The commitment of all information professionals, be they new to the industry or experienced, to a culture of research in practice will provide the profession with a solid evidence based foundation on which we can confidently move into the future.Practitioner Research / Lyndelle Gunton New Librarians Symposium 6 - Brisbane, Australia
  15. 15. THANK YOU Lyndelle Gunton Librarian, information professional, PhD candidate Information Studies Group Queensland University of Technology lgunton@westnet.com.au @lyndellegPractitioner Research / Lyndelle Gunton New Librarians Symposium 6 - Brisbane, Australia

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