Delegate place and bursary offered to international participant at DREaM launch conference

The main aim of the DREaM project is to develop a formal UK-wide network of Library and Information Science (LIS) researchers and – as such – we are looking forward to bringing together the UK LIS research community at our events. We also recognise that the involvement of international participants in DREaM events will provide excellent opportunities for UK LIS researchers to strengthen their links with colleagues from beyond the UK. We are therefore pleased to welcome delegates from abroad to the launch conference, should they wish to participate. Indeed, you may have noticed that three of our speakers and facilitators are based outside the UK: Professor Blaise Cronin from the US, Professor Gunilla Widén from Finland, and Dr Dylan Evans from the Republic of Ireland.

We are pleased to offer a free delegate place and a travel bursary of £100 to one of our international delegates at the DREaM launch conference at the British Library, London on Tuesday 19th July 2011. All interested in LIS research from countries beyond the UK – whether they be our close neighbours in the Republic of Ireland, or based at the other side of the world – are welcome to apply. The award will cover the conference fee, plus £100 to help with travel costs to the UK. The winner will be expected to source funding from elsewhere to cover additional expenses such as the balance on travel, plus subsistence and accommodation costs.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 6th June. Applications will be judged by members of the DREaM project advisory board in the same week, and the names of the winners announced afterwards.

To apply, please complete the application form.

RiLIES project: update on data collection activities

Work continues on the RiLIES project, in which we are exploring the extent to which funded librarianship research projects influence library practice in the UK. Of particular interest are the factors that increase or hinder the impact of project outcomes on practice. We have now reached the stage of gathering data and experiences from the perspectives of (1) LIS project researchers, and (2) practitioners.

The project perspective: Case studies

We have selected six research projects which reported in the last 10 years to act as case studies for further investigation. We’ve aimed to cover a range of project size and sector, including academic, medical/health, and public libraries. We are now in the process of gathering detailed data based on questionnaires supported by telephone interviews, with specific questions for each of the case study projects. At the same time, we are planning to carry out a citation analysis to understand further the impact of the outputs of these projects on the wider community of researchers and practitioners.

As well as looking at the supply of information from research projects, we are also looking at the factors behind the demand (or lack of it) for research project findings from practitioners in different areas.

The practitioner perspective: Focus groups

We realise that is essential to understand practitioners’ experiences of research, and are planning a series of focus groups where we can explore how they access research results. We have identified three conferences and meetings in the near future which will allow us to work with specific key practitioner groups identified from our initial survey. They are:

  • Public Librarians: through Slainte (which combines the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) and the CILIP Scotland (CILIPS)) on Thursday 2nd June in Perth
  • Academic Librarians: University College & Research Group meeting – at Regent’s College London on Monday 20th June
  • Healthcare librarians: At EBLIP6 in Salford on Tuesday 28th June.

The focus groups will be facilitated by Ella Taylor-Smith and Peter Cruickshank, assisted by our intern Jenny Gebel. Hazel Hall will also be at two of the sessions.

In terms of practical outcomes, it is already apparent that some LIS professionals, such as medical/health librarians, have more experience of using research outcomes to inform practice, both in supporting their customers (clinicians), and also in their own work. It is also possible that that outside academia and medical/health librarianship, practitioners generally absorb research findings indirectly from a number of sources including books, blogs and well-known practitioners, or through training courses and conferences.

The focus groups will help us to understand how researchers can best to work with practitioners’ actual patterns of work and learning. We are also aiming to find some examples how practitioners have successfully used research projects to help in their work.

Join the DREaM team: sponsored places for new professionals at the DREaM launch conference, July 19 2011, London

TFPL Intelligent Resources logoThanks to the generosity of three of the leading LIS recruitment firms – Glen Recruitment, TFPL Intelligent Resources and Sue Hill Recruitment – we are able to offer five sponsored places at the DREaM project launch conference at the British Library on Tuesday 19th July.

These will be for new library and information professionals, i.e. those who have entered the profession since 2007. Sponsorship will cover the conference fee for each of the five new professionals who win an award. Sue Hill Recruitment logo

Successful applicants will be expected to source funding from elsewhere to cover additional expenses such as travel, subsistence and accommodation (if necessary). Suggested funding sources include applicants’ employers and support offered by professional bodies.

In exchange for the sponsored places, the award winners will be asked to report on their experience of the conference. Like all other delegates, they will have an opportunity to contribute to the One Minute Madness session which forms part of the morning’s programme on Tuesday 19th July. Glen recruitment logo

The deadline for submissions is Monday 6th June. Applications will be judged by members of the DREaM project advisory board in the same week, and the names of the winners announced afterwards.

To apply, please complete the application form.

Meet the Editors at EBLIP6 – session preview

The Sixth Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP6) Conference takes place from June 27th until June 30th at the University of Salford. In a blog posting of March 30th 2011 we reported that the LIS Research Coalition is sponsoring part of the programme with a panel session entitled “Meet the editors” on Thursday 30th June. We are now pleased to introduce the panel members at the session and preview the discussion.

Denise KoufogiannakisDenise Koufogiannakis, Editor-in-Chief, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice

“I am the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, which is a relatively new open access journal. We publish quarterly, and have an extensive network of LIS volunteers from around the world who contribute to the journal’s success.

“I am looking forward to Chairing the Meet the Editors session at EBLIP6, and will attempt to ensure that no one editor takes over the conversation! All journals have different approaches, and so I am also looking forward to hearing about how the other LIS journals operate. I think we all have the same overarching goal of publishing articles that are useful to LIS professionals in order to improve practice and advance knowledge. I am looking forward to answering any questions about EBLIP, how we work through the process from submission to publication, how we operate without a budget, and the roles that each of our team members’ play. I would also like to help demystify the process of publishing, which may come across as scary for new authors.”

Miggie PicktonMiggie Pickton, Joint Editor, Library and Information Research

Library and Information Research covers a broad field and attracts submissions from all sectors and parts of the globe.  We are particularly keen to publish research that is accessible to, and usable by, the LIS community and to encourage new authors to write for publication.

“As a practitioner myself, I know that the day job is often so busy that the thought of “doing research” is just one extra chore.  As an editor, I know equally that where librarians have conducted research projects, they have derived enormous benefits at both personal and professional level.  Many of us conduct research on an everyday basis without seemingly recognising the fact: we do original and innovative things in our working lives but we don’t tell anybody about it.  I’d like to set the record straight!

Library and Information Research welcomes submissions from both practitioners and academics.  If you don’t have a paper in the pipeline just now, you may like to get involved as part of our team of peer reviewers. Alternatively, over the next few months we are hoping to appoint a new editorial team. Watch out for notices about this and please do consider applying.”

Dr Christine UrquhartChristine Urquhart, Editorial Board member, Journal of Documentation

“The editorial criteria for the Journal of Documentation are: “The Journal of Documentation has the unique perspective of focusing on theories, concepts, models, frameworks, and philosophies in the information sciences. The journal also publishes research reports, where these have wide significance, and articles on the methodology of research, information history, the information disciplines – including educational issues, curricula and links with other disciplines – and relations between academic study and professional practical. Critical and scholarly reviews are welcome, as are reviews of the evidence base for professional practice.”

“I am interested in how useful theories, concepts, models, frameworks and philosophies are to practitioner thinking about evidence-based practice. Which philosophical perspective – or view on the truth (if any) – is helpful and illuminating? In what respects is communication with people from different disciplinary backgrounds difficult?

“If delegates have a chance to scan some titles and abstracts of recent issues of the Journal of Documentation before the session, it would be interesting to know how the journal’s content provokes thought, provides different viewpoints, or may even seem totally out of touch with professional practice. These ideas would be helpful. We do, after all, require some evidence to justify our opinions!”

Dick HartleyDick Hartley, Editor, Education for Information

“We live in an increasingly demanding world of work, and a world where there is steady progress towards open access academic publishing. As an editor I would be interested to hear what potential authors think editors and publishers do well, what we do not do well, and what the community would like us to do.

“Presumably because of the pressures I referred to, and not least the demands of research assessment, I am finding it increasingly difficult to get referees who can turn around submissions rapidly. So I would be very interested in hearing from some volunteer referees!”

Val Skelton  Val Skelton, Editor, Europe e-news, Information Today; Joint Editor Business Information Review

Business Information Review (BIR) is a quarterly journal focused on information provision and management within organisations.

“Whilst many business information professionals and librarians are still involved with published information – its supply to the desktop, skills for users, research and analysis services – the range of professional activities has expanded. BIR seeks to provide insights across the full range of organizational information activities whilst retaining a keen interest in business information resources.

BIR content is written by information professionals, content, technology and service suppliers, academics and researchers, and leading thinkers from within and outside the information world. Its international readership and authorship covers the corporate sector, consultancies and law firms, publishers and information providers, government and other public institutions, academia, and the third sector.

“I look forward to a lively conversation about why people should consider writing for “formal” publication when there are so many alternative outlets, and (hopefully) to encouraging more people to write so that they can share experience and opinions. I will share some tips on how to become an editor’s favourite contributor!”

Congratulation to the winners of sponsored places at EBLIP6

The LIS Research Coalition is delighted to announce that its four sponsored places at the Sixth Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP6) Conference have been awarded to:

  • Katrina Dalziel, Deputy Subject Librarian (Medicine), Swansea University (@Dalziel1)
  • Katie Fraser, Information Librarian, Leicester University (@katie_fraser)
  • Paolo Gardois, PhD Research Student, Sheffield University (@paologardois)
  • Alison Millis, Training and Outreach Manager, Library and Knowledge Services, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (@alisonmillis)

Winners EBLIP6

The conference takes place in Salford from 27th to 30th June 2011. The award winners will play an active role as members of the LIS Research Coalition rapporteur team at EBLIP6 and contribute reviews of some of the conference sessions that they attend to the LIS Research Coalition blog.

For further information about EBLIP6, please see the conference web site.

New LIS Research Coalition member: the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC)

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The LIS Research Coalition welcomes the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) as a new associate member.

SLIC is the independent advisory body to the Scottish Government and Scottish ministers on library and information matters. It offers leadership focus and support to the Scottish library and information sector, coordinating and promoting national service developments to benefit Scotland’s people and enrich its cultural, educational and economic landscape. SLIC is the third associate member to join the Coalition. For further information about Coalition members, please see the membership page.

Registrations for the DREaM launch conference, London 19th July, now open

Registrations are now open for the DREaM project launch conference which takes place at the British Library Conference Centre, London on Tuesday 19th July. To secure a place, please register here. Registration costs £150 inclusive for ordinary delegates. There are 20 places for PhD students at £90 each.