The 8th International Evidence Based Librarianship in Practice (EBLIP8) conference was held in Brisbane from 6-8 July 2015. You can find the tweets using #eblip8.
What is evidence-based librarianship in practice (EBLIP)?
“Evidence based practice within the library and information professions emerged around the turn of the 21st century, promoting an approach that emphasised the critical use of research to improve decision making and to foster best practice. Evidence may include a diverse range of legitimate sources of evidence that librarians use in their decision making processes, including quantitative and qualitative research, publications, locally collected statistics, open access data and “soft” sources such as accumulated knowledge, opinion, instinct and relationships.” Source: EBLIP8 website
What is a “researcher-practitioner”?
If you’re doing research in your library workplace to inform your activities and decisions it could be you! Some people describe this type of activity as “applied, industry based research”.
What are the research methods library practitioners use?
Virginia Wilson wrote a series of columns for the Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP) journal looking at the different research methods people use in library practitioner research including: surveys, case studies, content analysis, focus groups, interviews, bibliometrics, altmetrics, mixed methods research, systematic reviews, action research, triangulation, sampling, scoping studies and more ...!
Where can you read articles about library focussed research?
- Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP) is an open access, peer reviewed journal that is published quarterly. A lot of library colleagues contribute papers to the EBLIP journal about research they are doing in their libraries to inform their decisions and services for clients. There will be a special edition of the journal soon featuring many of the papers from the EBLIP8 conference program.
- The Centre for Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, based at the University of Saskatchewan, has a blog Brain-Work and a Twitter account @ceblip you can follow.
- An ORCID ID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is used to identify scientific and academic authors. Did you know that you can search in Trove by ORCID ID? If you're publishing research perhaps you should consider applying for your own ORCID ID?
What is happening in Australia?
- Queensland University of Technology have just announced a PhD opportunity to explore the value of academic and research library services, and specifically respond to the broad question of 'What is the value of the QUT Library?'.
- There is an ARC funded research project at QUT focussing on Building the basis for evidence-based library and information practice: a qualitative study and a new project has just been announced to "establish a framework that can be used by library and information professionals to build a research culture that enables the adoption of "practitioner-researcher" as an approach to professional practice.”
- Here in NSW we have the NSW Public Library Network Research Program (PLNRP) with a committee that includes public library managers. Ellen Forsyth, Cameron Morley and Kate O’Grady contributed a paper to the EBLIP8 program about New South Wales public libraries and state wide research. If you have an idea for a research project for the NSW public library network you are invited to send it in for consideration.