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Australian special libraries using evidence in daily practice

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This presentation at the Research Applications in Information and Library Studies (RAILS) Seminar, 18 June 2013 at RMIT Melbourne, shared preliminary findings from a research study that sought to identify types of evidence that are used (or not used) by Australian special librarians in daily professional practice. It also explored environmental factors and influences associated with using evidence in daily practice.

This presentation at the Research Applications in Information and Library Studies (RAILS) Seminar, 18 June 2013 at RMIT Melbourne, shared preliminary findings from a research study that sought to identify types of evidence that are used (or not used) by Australian special librarians in daily professional practice. It also explored environmental factors and influences associated with using evidence in daily practice.

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  1. 1. Australian special librarians using evidence in daily practice Alisa Howlett Supervisor: Zaana Howard
  2. 2. “Evidence-based librarianship is an approach to information science that promotes the collection, interpretation and integration of valid, important and applicable user-reported, librarian observed, and research derived evidence....” Booth (2002)
  3. 3. “....The best available evidence, moderated by user needs and preferences, is applied to improve the quality of professional judgments.” Booth (2002)
  4. 4. Research evidence may be the most recognisable type of evidence... ...but it is not the only type.
  5. 5. Similar studies Thorpe, Partridge & Edwards, 2008 explored experiences of evidence-based practice by practitioners Koufogiannakis, 2012 identified types of evidence used by academic librarians in daily practice
  6. 6. •the types of evidence used by Australian special librarians when or in what circumstances types of evidence most useful or reliable informing daily practice I wanted to find out...
  7. 7. a qualitative study reflection entries & semi-structured interviews a constant comparison method for data analysis purposive sampling, 5 Australian special librarians ‘map’ themes using existing frameworks I did this with...
  8. 8. Australian special librarians use a diverse range of evidence from spheres of contextual relevance Finding one:
  9. 9. Individual knowledge and experience Colleagues - feedback and input Colleagues - non-LIS professionals Users - feedback / suggestions - values - requests Process / routine Files / documentation Usage statistics types of evidence in spheres of relevance
  10. 10. the organisation directs the use of evidence Finding two:
  11. 11. evidence “simmers” before it is used Finding three:
  12. 12. Information Evidence from “current awareness” information to becoming evidence in a given situation what happens in between?
  13. 13. time / availability differences in understanding of evidence and evidence-based practice for LIS between practitioners and researchers evidence used for reference services vs practice Limitations
  14. 14. This research highlights a need for a more inclusive EBLIP model that recognises the types and uses of evidence ...making it reflective of the LIS professional context
  15. 15. thank you acrystelle@gmail.com @acrystelle http://acrystelle.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/mauriziomontanaro/4716149451/

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