Practitioner research: value, impact, and priorities #libresearch17

This Wednesday 8th November I will be the opening speaker at ‘Themes and trends in library and information research‘, a one-day conference hosted by CILIP in Kent at Canterbury Christ Church University. Entitled ‘Practitioner research: value, impact, and priorities’ my presentation covers four mains themes:

  1. The long-identified (and debated) research-practice gap in library and information science research
  2. The case for research-led practice and practitioner-led research
  3. Access to current research in library and information science research in the UK
  4. Means of generating new research ideas

I set the context for the discussion with reference to my own research activity (both as an academic and a practitioner), and the legacy of the Library and Information Science Research Coalition, including the DREaM and RiLIES projects, from 2009-2012.

The slides for my presentation are available on SlideShare and below.

If you would like to follow the presentation of this work, and the other five to be delivered on the Wednesday, please follow the hashtag #libresearch17.

Congratulations Leo Appleton: winner of the LIRG LIS Researcher Practitioner Award 2016

Congratulations to Leo Appleton, who was awarded the 2016 Research Practitioner Excellence Award by the Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) at the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) 2016 New Professionals Day in London last Friday 28th October 2016.  Leo is Associate Director of Library Services at the University of the Arts, London, and a part-time PhD student within the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, where I am his Director of Studies.

Leo Appleton LIRG Research Practitioner Excellence Award

Leo Appleton at the awards ceremony in London on Friday 28th October 2016 (photo credit LIRG)

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Addressing the research-practice gap: Facet publishes Research, evaluation and audit

Research, evaluation and audit An on-going concern of many professions, such as policing, social work, psychology, nursing, and teaching, is the “research-practice gap”, and the corresponding distance between researchers and practitioners within each community. Much of my work with the Library and Information Science (LIS) Research Coalition, and its associated projects Developing Research Excellence and Methods (DREaM) and the Research in Librarianship Impact Evaluation Study (RiLIES), sought to address the gap within LIS between 2009 and 2012.

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