Coalition newsletters

In 2012 we issued regular newsletters to keep the LIS research community informed of the work of the LIS Research Coalition. The newsletters were mailed to relevant listservs, and a copy of each held on this page. There are five issues in total:

  1. February 2012
  2. April 2012
  3. June 2012
  4. DREaM project concluding conference preview special issue (June 2012)
  5. July 2012

News from the Library and Information Science Research Coalition – July 2012

This is the last of the Library and Information Science Research Coalition newsletters. We hope that you have found them useful, and that you continue to use the resources created by the LIS Research Coalition beyond July 2012. All resources created over the three year duration of the project between August 2009 and July 2012 will remain accessible as an archive from http://lisresearch.org.

In this newsletter we cover the following stories:

  1. The DREaM project concluding conference: “a fantastic day”
  2. DREaM project – the next stage
  3. RiLIES2 project
  4. Highlights from the RiLIES1 project
  5. Ronan O’Beirne and Michael Jubb contribute guest blogs to the Coalition web site

1. The DREaM project concluding conference: “a fantastic day”

Did you miss it? Last month we published a special issue of our newsletter to preview the Developing Research Excellence and Methods (DREaM) final conference at the British Library on 9th July 2012. Items (a) to (e) below about the conference were posted after the publication of the special issue newsletter on 28th June 2012.

(a) Meet the DREaM project concluding conference sponsors

The DREaM project team is grateful to the following organisations for their generous sponsorship of the DREaM concluding conference: Ashgate, Facet Publishing, Glen Recruitment, the Library and Information Science Research Group (CILIP), Sage, Sue Hill Recruitment, TFPL, and Wiley.

For more information please see the full blog post Meet the DREaM project concluding conference sponsors.

(b) Guest blogs from the DREaM project concluding conference sponsors

Guest posts were contributed to the LIS Research Coalition blog by conference sponsors:

(c) Winners of the LIRG and CILIP NW sponsored places at the DREaM project concluding conference

Congratulations to Sarah Wolfenden of Brunel University and Valérie Spezi of LISU at Loughborough University, awarded LIRG-sponsored places at the DREaM project concluding conference. The judging committee selected Sarah and Valérie on the basis of their application statements, each of which reflected the ethos of both the DREaM project and LIRG, i.e. to inspire LIS practitioners to become involved in, and be enthusiastic about, research.

For more information please see the full blog post Congratulations to the winners of the LIRG-sponsored places at the DREaM conference

Congratulations are also due to Debra Thornton, Knowledge and Library Services Manager at the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Debra was the CILIP NW sponsored DREaM project concluding conference delegate.

For more information please see the blog post: Meet Debra Thornton – CILIP NW sponsored DREaM delegate

(d) DREaM project concluding conference speaker insights

Read the DREaM project concluding conference speaker insight posts contributed by:

(e) DREaM project concluding conference review and thanks to all involved

All the materials from the DREaM project concluding conference were archived on the LIS Coalition web site within a week of the event. Please see:

We also blogged an analysis of delegate feedback and thanks to all involved in a very successful day.

2. DREaM project – the next stage

We are currently working on a bid to the Arts and Humanities Research Council for follow-on funding for the DREaM project. If successful, the follow-on project will focus on the public library sector in a twelve-month project running from February 2013 to January 2014.

3. RiLIES2 project

In the latter stages of the second Research in Librarianship – Impact Evaluation Study project (RiLIES2) the team prepared some legacy material that they hope the LIS community – including researchers and practitioners – will find useful. These have been assembled in consultation with the target audience, members of whom were asked to comment on draft materials in June.

On 10th July these resources were demonstrated, and feedback sought, at the Research into practice: LIS research resources briefing hosted by LIRG at CILIP headquarters in London. We posted an evaluation of the workshop on 17th June 2012.

The updated resources can now be accessed from the LIS Research Coalition web site:

We have been pleased to have the help of intern Maja Ilievska over the summer. Much of her work has focused on the RiLIES project. Maja intends to continue her project work on an LIS research linking system prototype after she returns to Macedonia in August 2012. For further information about the outcomes of the RiLIES2 project and how the work will be continued, please see the blog posting RiLIES wrap up, resources, and future plans.

4. Highlights from the RiLIES1 project

We have published two further postings to highlight findings from the first Research in Librarianship – Impact Evaluation Study (RiLIES1) project, completed in 2011.

The broad aim of RiLIES1 was to investigate the extent to which funded research projects in the domain of library and information science (LIS) influence practice in the UK. It focused particularly on identifying factors that increase or hinder the impact of research findings on those who deliver library and information services. Thee full RiLIES1 report Enhancing the Impact of LIS Research Projects is available as a downloadable pdf file.

(a) Research, CPD and the role of professional bodies

RiLIES1 confirmed previous research findings which have identified LIS sector and career stage as factors that determine how practitioners access research: those working in academic and healthcare/medical environments have greater engagement than those working in other sectors. Whilst training could address this, the broader context needs to be appreciated. For example, what would be the motivation for anyone to engage in activities that are not perceived as obviously relevant to either (a) the job role or (b) professional development?

To date, motivation to keep up to date with developments in the field has depended very much on individual interest rather than a requirement imposed by a professional body or employer. The solution to the question of research engagement, however, is likely to require a joint approach where practitioners (supported by both their professional bodies and employers) and research projects (that produce results that are seen to be relevant and useful for practitioners and their employers) intersect.

For more information please see the full blog post RiLIES report highlights 5: Research, CPD and the role of professional bodies.

(b) Lessons from healthcare and medical librarians

RiLIES1 found healthcare and medical librarians to be the most successful in linking research and practice. They clearly benefit from working in a professional environment in which research engagement is highly valued: for example, end-users’ expectations of professional practice amongst colleagues align well with healthcare/medical librarians’ enthusiasm for evidence based library and information practice; librarians in this sector can often access resources to support research projects of their own through collaboration with their medical colleagues.

Librarians in other sectors may draw inspiration from this. For example, academic librarians may do more to promote their research expertise amongst teaching and research staff; school librarians could investigate their eligibility for research funding directed at the teaching profession.

For more information please see the blog post RiLIES report highlights 6: lessons from healthcare and medical librarians.

5. Ronan O’Beirne and Michael Jubb contribute guest blogs to the Coalition web site

(a) Ronan O’Beirne, Chair of CILIP’s Library and Information Research Group and member of the Board of Directors of the LIS Research Coalition writes on research and librarianship, and the role of LIRG.

(b) Dr Michael Jubb, Chair of the Board of Directors of the LIS Research Coalition, contributes the last of our guest blog posts. He the reflects on the achievements of the Coalition over the past three years, and looks to the future.


News from the Library and Information Science Research Coalition June 2012 special edition

News of the DREaM project concluding conference

  1. Last chance to book! Registrations for the DREaM conference close on Monday 2nd July
  2. DREaM conference keynote speaker Ben Goldacre features on the Radio 4 Today programme
  3. Sponsored places at the DREaM conference: the winners
  4. Speaker previews of DREaM conference sessions now available
  5. Coming up soon on the Library and Information Science Research Coalition web site


1. Last chance to book! Registrations for the DREaM conference close on Monday 2nd July

Are you interested in:

  • The value and impact of libraries and information services?
  • Evidence to demonstrate the value and impact of libraries and information services?
  • The development of a UK network of researchers and library and information practitioner-researchers?

If so, come to the Developing Research Excellence and Methods (DREaM) project conference, at the British Library on Monday 9th July. We have places available for librarians, information professionals, researchers, academics, practitioner researchers and students – indeed all interested in library and information science research and its use in practice.

For just £95 the exciting DREaM conference programme includes:

  • Keynote presentations by international expert on value measurement in libraries Professor Carol Tenopir, and best-selling author, broadcaster, medical doctor and academic Dr Ben Goldacre
  • Papers on the DREaM project by Hazel Hall, and the DREaM network by Louise Cooke
  • An open panel discussion on how a UK network of LIS researchers can be sustained led by Charles Oppenheim with contributions from the conference speakers and panelists Jo Alcock and Carla Basili
  • A series of delegate-led “one minute madness” presentations covering a range of work across all library sectors, chaired by Mike Clarke of Camden Libraries
  • Presentation of the Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award by Dr Ben Goldacre to the North West Clinical Librarian Systematic Review and Evaluation Group
  • Access to the conference exhibition including stands from Ashgate, Facet, Sage and Wiley
  • Post-conference networking drinks reception and prize draw
  • All refreshments on the day: at registration, in the lunch and tea/coffee breaks, and at the post-conference networking drinks reception

See the full programme at http://bit.ly/DREaM5_prog. Book your place now at http://bit.ly/DREaM5. Registrations close on Monday 2nd July.


2. DREaM conference keynote speaker Ben Goldacre features on the Radio 4 Today programme

On Tuesday 26 June Ben Goldacre – author, broadcaster, medical doctor, academic and keynote speaker at our forthcoming DREaM project conference at the British Library on 9th July – gave an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. In it he discussed a report from the Behaviour Insight Unit of the Cabinet Office which suggests that government policy initiatives should be subject to the same kind of randomised control trials used to test new medicines and new ways of doing business.

The interview is available online on the Today programme’s web site. Ben writes about the report on the Bad Science web site in his posting entitled Here’s our Cabinet Office paper on randomised trials of government policies. Read it.

If you would like to hear Ben speak in person, sign up for the DREaM project conference on Monday 9th July at the British Library, but hurry – registrations close on Monday 2nd July.


3. Sponsored places at the DREaM conference – the winners

We are pleased to announce the names of the winners of the sponsored places at the DREaM conference.

(a) International travel bursary

Congratulations to Dr Sue Reynolds of the School of Business IT and Logistics at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. For further details, please see the announcement of Sue’s award.

(b) CILIP NW DREaM conference registration and travel award

Congratulations to Debra Thornton of Blackpool, Fylde Wyre NHS Foundation Trust. Watch the LIS Research Coalition blog for further details of Debra’s award.

(c) LIRG DREaM conference registration award

The names of the two winners of the LIRG DREaM conference registration award will be announced soon on the LIS Research Coalition blog.

(d) PhD students and new professionals DREaM conference travel bursaries

Congratulations to the following winners of the 10 travel bursaries offered to new LIS professionals and full-time PhD students to attend the DREaM conference:

  • Graeme Brown – PhD student, University of Strathclyde, PhD title: “Place-making in digital space: public libraries and social capital”.
  • Aislinn Conway – Clinical Evidence Based Information Service (CEBIS) Specialist, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.
  • Cate Eastwood – PhD student, Loughborough University, PhD title: “Research article abstracts in the social sciences: a genre-based analysis”.
  • Anthony McKeown – PhD student, University of Ulster, PhD title: “Information and communication poverty in Northern Ireland”.
  • Kristin Meredith-Galley – PhD student, Loughborough University, PhD title: “Do primary school libraries contribute to students’ information literacy skills?”
  • Jean Parris – Campus Librarian, University of the West of England.
  • Tom Rogers – Information Librarian, University of Bath.
  • Rachel Steele – Clinical/Site Librarian, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Ella Taylor-Smith – PhD student, Edinburgh Napier University, PhD title: “Participation space studies. How do interpretations of online and offline spaces influence (e)participation in community and civic life?”.
  • Lillian Tsang Phillips – PhD student, Northumbria University. PhD title: “Evolution of librarianship: the changing role of academic information professionals in the 21st century”.

To find out more about these new professionals and PhD students see the blog post that announces their awards.


4. Speaker previews of DREaM conferences sessions now available

We have been busy publishing a series of “speaker insights” as previews of the DREaM conference sessions. Already online are contributions from:

We hope to publish further insights from Mike Clarke, Ben Goldacre and Hazel Hall in the next few days.


5. Coming up soon on the Library and Information Science Research Coalition web site

Watch the LIS Research Coalition blog for more posts in the lead-up to the conference including:


News from the Library and Information Science Research Coalition – June 2012

June 2012

We’ve been very busy since the publication of our last newsletter in April 2012. In the June issue we cover the following stories:

  1. Places still available for the DREaM conference, British Library, 9th July 2012
  2. Apply for CILIP-sponsored places at the DREaM conference by Thursday 14th June
  3. DREaM project wins front page coverage in CILIP Update
  4. Winners of the Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award announced
  5. Materials from DREaM event 4 now available
  6. How to deploy social media for research impact, and lessons from impactful research projects – read the latest updates from the RiLIES1 project team
  7. RiLIES2 project highlights pressing need for a centrally-funded community-maintained directory of LIS research resources
  8. Places still available to attend free LIS research resource briefing at CILIP HQ on Tuesday 10th July
  9. LIS Research Coalition project presentations well received at QQML2012 in Limerick
  10. Miggie Pickton and Biddy Fisher contribute guest posts to the LIS Research Coalition blog


1. Places still available for the DREaM conference, British Library, 9th July 2012

Places are filling up for the DREaM project conference at the British Library Conference Centre, London on Monday 9th July. If you’re planning to join us on the day, please register soon at http://bit.ly/DREaM5 to secure your place.

We’re looking forward to a programme that includes a keynote speech from Dr Ben Goldacre. Ben is well-known as a best-selling author, broadcaster, medical doctor and academic. Ben will also present the Library and Information Science (LIS) Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award to the winning team (recently announced – please see item 4 below).

Other sessions include an opening keynote presentation on the value and impact of library and information services by Carol Tenopir; a paper on social network analysis by Louise Cooke; and an open panel discussion chaired by Charles Oppenheim on how to sustain an active network for all those interested in LIS research, including the practitioner community. Panelists include Annie Mauger, Jo Alcock, and Carla Basili. We’re particularly pleased that Carla has accepted our invitation to join us and share her experience of running the European Network on Information Literacy. Hazel Hall will also present a review the DREaM project and plans for the future. A highlight of the day for many, of course, will be the popular half hour of “one minute madness” presentations contributed by delegates (as an option) immediately before lunch. Over the next few days we’ll be adding DREaM “speaker insights” to the LIS Research Coalition web site. The first, which is already available, is an interview with Louise Cooke.

There will be opportunities at the conference to meet and network with the speakers, panelists and other delegates in the breaks, and at the networking reception that concludes the day. We’re also hosting an exhibition at the conference at which delegates can meet publishers.

The Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) is holding its AGM at the conference after the formal sessions have ended, so if you are a LIRG member, there’s a further reason for you to register for the event.

To book your place, please register at: http://bit.ly/DREaM5. Registration costs £95 inclusive.

If you are a new professional, or a PhD student, located outside London, we still have a couple of £90 travel bursaries available. These are being awarded on a first come first served basis. So, if you joined the profession in 2008 or more recently, or are a registered doctoral student, please register quickly to secure a bursary place.

Two CILIP groups are also offering sponsored places at the conference. Please see item 2 below for further details.

Further information about DREaM can be found on the DREaM project web pages. You can also follow the project on Twitter from @LIS_DREaM.


2. Apply for CILIP-sponsored places at the DREaM conference by Thursday 14th June

Hurry, the deadline to apply for sponsored places for the DREaM conference is Thursday 14th July!

(a) Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) is offering two bursaries to cover registration at the DREaM conference on 9 July at the British Library. Two award winners will also be able to attend the LIRG AGM, which takes place immediately after the formal close of the conference.

All LIRG members are eligible to apply for the award. Applicants are asked write a brief statement (up to 50 words) that outlines how attendance at DREaM conference will impact on their professional practice. Those who submit the two best statements (as judged by two LIRG committee members) will each receive a conference place. (Applicants will be responsible for meeting any travel, accommodation and subsistence costs associated with participation at the conference.)

The names of the award winners will be announced in mid-late June.

To apply for the bursary, please e-mail the following details to the LIRG Awards and Prizes Co-ordinator, Alison Brettle at LIRG.Awards@gmail.com: your name, contact e-mail address, employer details and your application statement. The deadline is Thursday 14th June.

Further details of the award are provided on the LIRG web pages.

(b) CILIP North West Branch is also seeking applications for a sponsored place at the DREaM conference. The award will cover the conference registration fee of £95 plus travel expenses up to £90. In exchange for the place, the award winner will write an article about their participation at the conference for the CILIP North West Branch Newsletter.

If you are a CILIP member based in the North West and interested in applying for this bursary please complete the application form by Thursday 14th June. The winner will be drawn at random, and the name announced by Wednesday 20th June.


3. DREaM project wins front page coverage in CILIP Update

CILIP members will have spotted that the front cover of the May 2012 issue of CILIP Update featured Dr Ben Goldacre “Dream speaker” at the July conference.

In addition, a feature article by Hazel Hall and Charles Oppenheim “The possible dream: developing research excellence” on pages 32-33 discusses the DREaM project and its impact on the LIS research community.


4. Winners of the Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award announced

We’re pleased to offer congratulations to the members of the North West Clinical Librarian Systematic Review and Evaluation Group, winners of the Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award. They will be collecting their prize at the DREaM conference at the British Library on 9th July. Keynote speaker at the conference, Dr Ben Goldacre, will present the award.

The fifteen winning library and information science practitioner researchers, who work together as a team across eleven different organisations in the North West, are:

  • Lucy Anderson, Bury Primary Care Trust
  • Rosalind McNally, Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust
  • Michelle Maden, Edgehill University (Aintree Hospital NHS Trust)
  • Helen Medley, Liverpool Primary Care Trust
  • Pippa Orr, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Morag Platt, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Clare Payne, Mersey Care NHS Trust
  • Tracy Pratchett, University Hospitals of Morecombe Bay Foundation Trust
  • Michael Reid, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Gary Sutton, Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Jenny Tancock, University Hospitals of Morecombe Bay Foundation Trust
  • Debra Thornton, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Denise Thomas, St Helens and Knowsley Health Informatics
  • Anne Webb, Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Riz Zafar, Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Alison Brettle of Salford University mentored the team.

For further details of the work of the North West Clinical Librarian Systematic Review and Evaluation Group and why the team won the award, please see our media release.


5. Materials from
DREaM event 4 now available

Materials from the final DREaM workshop held in Edinburgh on Wednesday 25 April – presentations, blogs, reviews, videos, Twitter streams etc. – are now available.

These include recorded presentations on horizon scanning, repertory grids, data mining and the ever-popular “Unconference half hour” presentations by six of the DREaM project cadre: Aislinn Conway, Anthony McKeown, Alison Brettle, Ella Taylor-Smith, Rossitza Atanassova, and Allan Parsons. The workshop exercise on research impact is also available.

Materials from previous DREaM events are also archived on the LIS Research Coalition web site:

DREaM event 1 – launch conference, Tuesday 19 July 2011
DREaM event 2 – workshop, Tuesday 25 October 2011
DREaM event 3 – workshop, Monday 30 January 2012

For regular updates, please follow the DREaM project on Twitter at @LIS_DREaM.


6. How to deploy social media for research impact, and lessons from impactful research projects – read the latest updates from the RiLIES1 project team

Last year we conducted research into the extent to which funded research projects in the domain of library and information science (LIS) influence practice in the UK. The full Research in Librarianship Impact Evaluation Study (RiLIES1) report was published on 2nd February 2012. Over the past few weeks the RiLIES team members have been posting report highlights from to the LIS Research Coalition blog. Since the publication of our last newsletter in April two further posts have been made available. These are on:

Further RiLIES highlights will be published between now and the end of July. In the meantime you can follow RiLIES on Twitter from @LIS_RiLIES.


7. RiLIES2 project highlights pressing need for a centrally-funded community-maintained directory of LIS research resources

The second RiLIES project is concerned with the production of a series of outputs that will support the use and execution of research by librarians and information scientists. These will include training, good practice, and community support materials. The project runs from February to July 2012 and is led by Hazel Hall.

As part of the study, the RilIES2 project team conducted a poll in April 2012. This was to ensure that the project does not replicate existing provision of resources, and to identify the best format and “home” for the resources to be produced. The main finding from the poll was that there is a pressing need for a centrally-funded community-maintained directory of LIS research resources, held in a known location, with (crucially) a long-term commitment to maintenance.

Our detailed update on the poll findings includes commentary on practitioners’ awareness of existing resources, means of creating a legacy of resources, and dissemination options.

To learn more about the outputs from the RiLIES projects, please sign up for the free briefing at CILIP HQ on Tuesday 10th July – see item 8 below.


8. Places still available to attend free LIS research resource briefing at CILIP HQ on Tuesday 10th July

Places are filling up for the half-day research briefing for LIS practitioners, academics and students at CILIP HQ in London on Tuesday 10th July (the day after the DREaM conference at the British Library on Monday 9th July). It is particularly suitable for those who are keen to increase their engagement with research to support their practice. The briefing is hosted by the Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) in collaboration with the Research in Librarianship Impact Evaluation Study 2 (RiLIES2) team. The presenters are Peter Cruickshank, Hazel Hall and Christine Irving.

The main aim of the briefing is to raise awareness amongst librarians of the evidence-base that can be used to support high quality information services delivery, and the tools that can be used to access relevant sources of information. The briefing will also highlight a number of well-established and new resources that can help practitioners in the design, implementation and evaluation of their own research projects. These include training, good practice and community support materials. In addition, the session will provide a forum for librarians to discuss the long-term research support needs of the library and information science research community. There will be opportunities to ask questions, provide feedback and offer suggestions.

By the end of the session participants will have increased their knowledge and understanding of the range of research resources and training materials available to support (1) the exploitation of the existing library and information science (LIS) evidence base, and (2) the execution of LIS research projects.

There is no charge for the event. However, advance booking is required to secure a place. To book your place please complete the online form by Monday 2nd July.

Enquiries regarding the event can be made to Christine Irving C.Irving@napier.ac.uk or the LIRG Events Team lirg.Events@gmail.com.

This event carries the CILIP Seal of Recognition.


9. LIS Research Coalition project presentations well received at QQML2012 in Limerick

We recently presented two conference papers at the 4th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries in Limerick, Republic of Ireland: (1) on the DREaM project and (2) on the first RiLIES project.

The paper on the DREaM project presented by Alison Brettle was particularly well-received. Its content prompted several questions and much discussion amongst the conference delegates. It is believed that the delivery of the paper by a participant in the project – rather than the co-investigators – lent authenticity to the messages it conveyed, and we were particularly grateful that Alison was willing to give up time both to develop the slides and travel to Ireland for the conference. Hazel Hall delivered the paper the RiLIES project. This fitted nicely with two other papers in the same session on how much “theory” there is in librarianship research, and impact measurement.

There are previews of each paper on the Coalition web site, and both presentations are available on SlideShare:

There is also a full review of our participation at the conference.


10. Miggie Pickton and Biddy Fisher contribute guest posts to the LIS Research Coalition blog

Since we distributed our last newsletter we have published two new guest blog posts on the Coalition web site:


News from the Library and Information Science Research Coalition – April 2012

April 2012

1. Register for the 2012 DREaM conference, 9th July 2012, British Library

Registrations have opened for the 2012 DREaM project conference, which takes place at the British Library Conference Centre, London on Monday 9th July.

The programme includes a keynote speech from best-selling author, broadcaster, medical doctor and academic Dr Ben Goldacre who will also present the Library and Information Science (LIS) Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award.

Other sessions include a review of the DREaM project by Professor Hazel Hall; an opening keynote presentation on the value and impact of library and information services by Professor Carol Tenopir; a series of short delegate-led “one minute madness” presentations; an invited paper that analyses the DREaM network by Dr Louise Cooke; and an open panel discussion on how a UK network of LIS researchers can be sustained. Panellists include Dr Carla Basili of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy), CILIP’s Annie Mauger and DREaM project workshops cadre member Jo Alcock.

To book your place, please register at: http://bit.ly/DREaM5. Registration costs £95 inclusive. There are ten bursaries of up to £90 to help new professionals and PhD students who are located outside London with their travel costs. These are being awarded on a first come first served basis. So, if you joined the profession in 2008 or more recently, or are a registered doctoral student, please register quickly to secure a bursary place.

The DREaM project, Developing Research Excellence and Methods, is led by Professor Hall of Edinburgh Napier University, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and supported by the Library and Information Science Research Coalition. The purpose of the project is to develop a formal UK-wide network of Library and Information Science (LIS) researchers. The project started in January 2011 and runs until August 2012.

Further information about DREaM can be found on the project web page.

Materials from all the DREaM conferences and workshops – presentations, blogs, reviews, videos, twitter streams etc – are made available on the Coalition web site either just before or immediately after each event:

DREaM event 4 – workshop, takes place on Wednesday 25 April 2012. Previews of presentations are posted to the Coalition web site ahead of the workshop, and all presentations will be available online in advance of their delivery. To follow the proceedings remotely follow the Twitter hashtag #lis_dream4.

Coming Soon: CILIP members will find a feature article by Hazel Hall and Charles Oppenheim in the May issue of Update, entitled “Mobilising the UK library and information science research community: the DREaM project”.

For regular updates on the DREaM project, please follow the project on Twitter at @LIS_DREaM.

2. Nominations invited for the Library and Information Science (LIS) Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award

Who will you nominate for the Library and Information Science (LIS) Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award? Perhaps you are worthy of nomination yourself?

The award will be presented by Dr Ben Goldacre at the DREaM project conference on 9th July to either (a) an individual librarian or information scientist, or (b) a team, that has made a substantial contribution to LIS research since 2009. The indvidual or team should be based in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. The award winner(s) will receive £500 and a plaque.

Nominations should take the form of a 500-word statement that demonstrates the research excellence of the candidate (or candidate team) and refers to evidence of their research output as practitioner researchers (e.g. published articles, blogs, conference papers, presentations on SlideShare) since 2009. (The award is for an information professional – or team of information professionals – who deliver library and information services. Academics and consultants are not eligible for the award. Self-nomination is not permitted.)

The deadline for nominations is 30th April 2012. Nominations should be sent to hazel.hall@lisresearch.org. Members of the LIS Research Coalition Board of Directors will form the judging panel for the award.

3. RiLIES1 highlights

Following the publication of the RiLIES report (announced in the last newsletter) the project team has posted two “RiLIES1 highlights” blogs:

  1. Main findings and recommendations
  2. Dissemination strategies for impact

Further RiIES1 highlights postings will follow over the next few weeks.

The RiLIES1 project, Research in Librarianship Impact Evaluation Study, completed between February and July 2011, was led by Professor Hazel Hall, Director of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University and Executive Secretary of the Library and Information Science Research Coalition. The full RiLIES1 project report, Enhancing the Impact of LIS Research Projects, is available to download.

4. Invitation to complete the RiLIES2 project poll

The Research in Librarianship Impact Evaluation Study (RiLIES2) project is a follow-on project from RiLIES1.

The RiLIES2 project research team is currently working on the production of some new research resources and training materials. These are intended to support librarians and information scientists in the use of published LIS research in their work. Additionally they will serve as reference tools for librarians and information scientists interested in conducting research projects of their own.

The team is keen not to replicate existing provision of resources, and to identify the best format and “home” for the resources produced. To this end you are invited to complete a short poll. Its purpose is to find out which of the existing resources that support librarians and information scientists use and/or conduct research are (a) well used and/or (b) respected.

The poll is aimed at LIS professionals who are based in the UK, but the team would still be interested to hear from professionals living in other countries.

Please complete the short poll, which remains open until the end of April.

5. New LinkedIn Group: Library and Information Research Methods

David Haynes (a member of the DREaM project workshop “cadre”) has set up a new group on LinkedIn for anyone interested in LIS research methods. The group is aimed at LIS professionals, service managers, LIS researchers, and academics. It provides a forum to share ideas, ask colleagues for advice, and start discussions about research methodology. Forthcoming events are listed in the promotions tab and users can even conduct their own polls.

The site was set up jointly by Aspire Squared, IKMConsult and Information Management Associates initially as a resource for participants in their series of workshops on research methods, but has been opened up to the whole LIS community. All you need to do to join is to have a LinkedIn profile. The group is open to all and is monitored. See the group on LinkedIn for further details.

7. Guest blog posts

There are three new guest blog posts from Coalition Board members on the Coalition web site:

  1. Elaine Fulton on a joint programme to measure the impact of libraries, archives and museums
  2. Alyson Tyler on Libraries Inspire
  3. David Stewart on the HEALER network

6. Other news: “What’s so social about informatics?”

Since the publication of our last newsletter Professor Hazel Hall, Director of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University and Executive Secretary of the Library and Information Science Research Coalition, delivered her inaugural professorial lecture entitled “What’s so social about informatics?” In her presentation Hazel referred to the work of the LIS Research Coalition, and to the DREaM and RiLIES projects.

Hazel’s slides are available, as is a report of the event on the Information Today web site.


February 2012

News from the Library and Information Science Research Coalition – February 2012

1. Material from DREaM event 3 now available

The DREaM project (Developing Research Excellence and Method) is led by Professor Hazel Hall of Edinburgh Napier University, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and supported by the Library and Information Science Research Coalition. The purpose of the project is to develop a formal UK-wide network of Library and Information Science (LIS) researchers. The project started in January 2011 and runs until August 2012.

The five DREaM project events explore the scope of LIS and related research, and the range of methods appropriate to research in the domain. Researchers from LIS, as well as other subject domains, expert in a variety of techniques present method overviews at these events, covering their strengths and weaknesses. A wide range of techniques is evaluated beyond the standard qualitative and quantitative methods commonly deployed in LIS research. A number of the participants from across all LIS sectors, and at different stages of their career, are participating in the programme of conferences and workshops.

Further information about DREaM can be found at: http://lisresearch.org/dream-project/

Materials from the conferences and workshops – presentations, blogs, reviews, videos, twitter streams etc. are made available on the Coalition web site immediately following each event:

For regular updates, please follow the project on Twitter at @LIS_DREaM.

2. Ben Goldacre to speak at DREaM event 5

Dr Ben Goldacre, best-selling author, broadcaster, medical doctor and academic who specialises in unpicking dodgy scientific claims from drug companies, newspapers, government reports, PR people and quacks has been announced as a keynote speaker at the concluding event of the DREaM project.

Dr Goldacre’s presentation on research, evidence bases, decision making and policy will conclude a day devoted to considering the role of research in supporting library and information services provision.

The conference takes place at the British Library Conference Centre on Monday July 9th 2012.

Conference registrations will open in the spring. To pre-register please send an e-mail to Professor Hazel Hall: hazel.hall@lisresearch.org.

3. Library and Information Science Practitioner Researcher Award

Dr Goldacre will also make a presentation to the winner of the Library and Information Science Practitioner Researcher Award at the conference. The award is for either (a) an individual librarian or information scientist, or (b) a team that has made a substantial contribution to LIS research since 2009. The award winner will receive £500 and a plaque.

Nominations for the Library and Information Science Practitioner Researcher Award should take the form of a 500-word statement that demonstrates the research excellence of the candidate (or candidate team) and refers to evidence of their research output (e.g. published articles, blogs, conference papers, presentations on SlideShare). The deadline for nominations is 30th April 2012. Nominations should be sent to hazel.hall@lisresearch.org. Members of the LIS Research Coalition Board of Directors will form the judging panel for the award.

4. Enhancing the impact of LIS research projects: RiLIES1 report now available

The Research in Librarianship Impact Evaluation Study (RiLIES1) explored the extent to which funded librarianship research projects influence library practice in the UK.

RiLIES1, which was completed between February and July 2011, was led by Professor Hazel Hall, Director of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University and Executive Secretary of the Library and Information Science Research Coalition. Peter Cruickshank, Ella Taylor-Smith and Jenny Gebel comprised the research team. Librarians and library and information science researchers contributed to the study by completing a short initial poll, participating in focus group discussions, and responding to a final validation survey.

The broad aim of the project was to investigate the extent to which funded research projects in the domain of library and information science (LIS) influence practice in the UK. It focused particularly on identifying factors that increase or hinder the impact of research findings on those who deliver library and information services.

The project findings derive from a review of the LIS literature on impact, a practitioner poll, case studies of five LIS research projects identified as “impactful”, three sector-specific focus groups and a validation survey. The analysis of the empirical data largely confirms the findings from the literature review: that there is a disconnect between LIS research and the practitioner community; the level of impact a project enjoys depends on a number of factors, most importantly how it is planned and conceived, the extent to which practitioners are involved in its execution, and how its findings are reported. Organisational factors that support a receptive target audience for research output are also of significance to the question of impact.

The project‘s findings have generated new insights related to the roles of research leadership and sponsorship, and means of involving practitioners in research projects. In particular, findings

  • highlight a preference for face-to-face channels for the dissemination of research results that is greater than has been previously reported, and
  • reveal the role of social media in raising awareness of research for the first time in a report on this theme.

The eleven detailed project recommendations relate to strategies to ensure that:

  • LIS research undertaken has high level support;
  • the execution of LIS research involves practitioners;
  • dissemination plans for LIS research take into account practitioner preferences for consuming research output;
  • LIS research output is accessible to the target audience;
  • practitioners are given support to engage with research by their employers and professional bodies, drawing on good practice within the broad community of librarians and information scientists.

The project report, Enhancing the impact of LIS research projects is now freely available to download.

5. RiLIES2

RiLIES2, the follow up project to RiLIES1, runs from February to July 2012. RiLIES2 is concerned with the production of a series of outputs that will support the use and execution of research by librarians and information scientists. These will include training, good practice, and community support materials. RiLIES2 is also led by Professor Hazel Hall.

Further information about RiLIES2 will be posted to the project web pages in due course.

For regular updates, please follow the projects on Twitter at @LIS_RiLIES.

6. LIS Research Coalition founders

Two of the movers and shakers behind the establishment of the Library and Information Science (LIS) Research Coalition have been in the news recently.

Nigel Macartney, former Director of the British Library Research and Development Department and Chair of the Organising Committee that undertook the original research into the feasibility of setting up a coalition for LIS research, has been appointed Chairperson to the Libraries Northern Ireland (NI) Board for a period of four years to the end of December 2015.

Speaking about the appointment, NI Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said: “The Chairperson’s role on the Libraries NI Board is an interesting and challenging one. Mr Macartney will have a crucial role in both implementing and developing the public library service and providing strategic leadership for its future.

“Mr Macartney brings considerable experience and a diverse range of skills which will make a significant contribution to Libraries NI during these challenging times.”

Biddy Fisher, Past President of CILIP, former Chair of CILIP’s Library and Information Research Group and member of the Coalition Organising Committee has been awarded the Order of the British Empire in the New Year’s Honours List.

“I was humbled to receive the notification that I was to receive an O.B.E,” said Biddy, “Although this award will have my name on it, I would like to dedicate it to all those who continue to work tirelessly in libraries and information centres and in the interests of all communities. I believe wholeheartedly in the life enhancing potential of libraries and I like to think that this wonderful honour recognises the role that the profession plays in our society.”

7. Online 2011

The Coalition was out in force at Online 2011. Professor Charles Oppenheim, who represents the JISC on the Coalition Board, and Professor Hazel Hall chaired sessions in the main conference. Stephanie Kenna, who works part-time for the Coalition, worked as an official conference tweeter using the @LISResearch account and Kirsty Pitkin, the Coalition’s regular event amplifier, delivered a paper on the theme of event amplification. Hazel Hall also took the opportunity to give the first official account of the findings of the RiLIES1 project.

8. New publications from the LIS Research Coalition

Hall, H. (2011). Project output versus influence in practice: impact as a dimension of research quality. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 6(4).

Hall, H. (2011). A DREaM come true. Journal of Information Literacy, 5(2).

Hall, H., Kenna, S. & Oppenheim, C. (2011). The rationale for the DREaM: Developing Research Excellence and Methods Project. Library and Information Research, 35, 110, 43-49.

Hall, H. (2011). UK library and information science research matters. Library and Information Science Research, 33(1), 89-91 (DOI 10.1016/j.lisr.2010.06.001.)

Hazel Hall was also recently interviewed for the FreePint Newsletter’s “Favourite Tipples” page, and here she refers to the DREaM project online community.

One Response to Coalition newsletters

  1. I’m quite impressed in how much further, or shall I say how proactive this approach is, compared to what is happening here in Canada. We are a much more passive lot, although we also have leaders who actively promote library services.
    As a recommendation, I would hope that you also publish in some well-known medical journals, such as BMJ, Lancet, NEJM — to generate more exposure of the work you do.

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