North West Clinical Librarian Systematic Review and Evaluation Group wins Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award

Ben Goldacre announcement

It was announced at the DREaM workshop in January 2012 that Ben Goldacre would present the Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award at the DREaM conference

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.

If you would like to attend the DREaM conference and meet members of the North West Clinical Librarian Systematic Review and Evaluation Group, there are still places available, including some that are funded. Expert speakers and panelists participating at the DREaM conference include Jo Alcock, Dr Carla Basili, Dr Louise Cooke, Professor Hazel Hall, Annie Mauger, Professor Charles Oppenheim and Professor Carol Tenopir. Dr Ben Goldacre will be delivering the closing keynote paper.

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 the media release.

Sponsored places at the DREaM conference: an update

Over the past few weeks we have announced a number of schemes to support those who would like to attend the DREaM conference at the British Library on Monday 9th July. Applications for the international travel bursary closed yesterday on May 30th, and we’d like to thank all who made submissions. These are now being assessed and the name of the award winner will be announced soon. Three schemes remain open to which all eligible individuals are invited to apply.

Delegates at last year's DREaM project launch conference

Delegates at last year’s DREaM project launch conference

If you are considering means of funding your place at the conference other than asking your employer to meet the £95 registration fee or paying yourself, don’t forget that a number of professional groups also offer awards to support professional development opportunities throughout the year as identified by individual members. For example, the UKeIG Student Conference Grant scheme offers three grants a year to enable students attend UK-based conferences relevant to their professional studies, and the CILIP North West branch makes four grants a year to individuals to support their CPD. It is worthwhile checking with the web pages of the professional groups to which you belong to see which offer similar schemes to give their members opportunities to develop their careers. For general current awareness about professional awards you can also subscribe to the JISCMail list LIS-AWARDS.

LIRG offers two sponsored DREaM conference places

Newton by Eduardo Paolozzi

Eduardo Paolozzi’s Newton at the British Library

CILIP’s Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) has announced that it is offering two bursaries to cover registration at the DREaM Conference on 9th July 2012 at the British Library. The awards will cover the conference registration fee (£95). The 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 closing date for applications is Monday 11 June 2012 5pm Thursday 14th June (new extended deadline), and 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.

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

CILIP North West members invited to apply for sponsored DREaM conference place

CILIP logoCILIP North West Branch seeks applications for a sponsored place at the DREaM conference at the British Library on Monday 9th July 2012. 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 DREaM 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 place at the DREaM conference, please complete the application form by Monday 11th June 5pm Thursday 14th June (new extended deadline). The winner will be drawn at random, and the name announced by Wednesday 20th June.

RiLIES report highlights 4: Key lessons from impactful research projects

In a blog post that we published on February 2 2012 we announced that the full report of the Research in Librarianship Impact Evaluation Study (RiLIES1) was available to download, and that we would be blogging highlights of the report over the coming weeks. This is the fourth of the RiLIES1 highlights postings. Here we present lessons from five research projects that the LIS community identified as having a particularly strong impact on practitioners.

The broad aim of our first RiLIES 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 projects used as case studies for understanding how to maximise impact from the perspective of researchers were: (1) Open to all; (2) eValued; (3) Researchers’ use of academic libraries; (4) Evaluating clinical librarian services; (5) School libraries in the UKWe found that they share many characteristics.

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DREaM and RiLIES project papers well-received at QQML

QQML conference

QQML conference materials

We’re pleased to report that both our papers delivered yesterday at the 4th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries in Limerick, Republic of Ireland, went well.

The paper on the DREaM project co-authored by Alison Brettle, Hazel Hall and Charles Oppenheim and presented by Alison as the last paper in the final session of the evening (18:30-20:00) was particularly well-received. Its content prompted several questions and much discussion amongst the conference delegates and led Hazel to suggest that perhaps she and Charles should set up a DREaM franchise overseas! We believe that the delivery of the paper by a participant in the DREaM project – rather than the co-investigators – lent authenticity to the messages it conveyed, and we are particularly grateful that Alison was willing to give up time both to develop the slides and travel all the way to Ireland for the conference.

This paper has helped us to disseminate information on the operation of the DREaM project, as well as raised awareness of all the resources to help support LIS researchers that we have assembled over the past year or so. Clearly the more people that can make use of these resources (particularly those from the workshops), the more valuable they become.

There is already evidence of our DREaM paper’s impact: there have been a number of new membership requests for the DREaM online community (open to anyone interested in LIS research), a surge of hits to the DREaM project pages on the LIS Research Coalition web site, and viewings of the presentation slides themselves on SlideShare (270 within 24 hours of the delivery of the paper). We’re also hopeful that some of those who attended the presentation – or heard about it – will be encouraged to come to the DREaM conference at the British Library on Monday July 9th.

Alison tweets

Alison Brettle (@BrettleAli), seated next to Alvin Schrader, was one of the top tweeters at QQML on Tuesday

Earlier in the day Hazel Hall delivered the paper she co-authored with Peter Cruickshank and Ella Taylor-Smith on the RiLIES project. It fitted nicely with two other papers in the same session: one by Dian Walster that considered how much “theory” there is in librarianship research, and another on impact measurement presented by Alvin Schrader. Unfortunately time was very tight in this session and there was no time for questions or discussion in the conference room. However, a number of delegates spoke privately with Hazel afterwards and showed interest in both phases of the RiLIES project. Hazel’s presentation on SlideShare has also attracted much attention since it was delivered in Limerick, with 244 viewings to date.

The conference itself continues until the end of the week and can be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #qqml.

We have a DREaM – the Developing Research Excellence & Methods network: presentation at QQML2012

Our second paper at QQML 2012 this week is entitled “We have a DREaM: the Developing Research Excellence & Methods network”. The paper is co-authored by DREaM cadre member Dr Alison Brettle, and the DREaM project co-investigators Professor Hazel Hall and Professor Charles Oppenheim. The abstract and link to slides for the paper are given below.

We will also use this opportunity to promote the forthcoming DREaM conference on Monday 9th July at the British Library in London, and highlight the availability of bursary places for PhD, new professional and international delegates. (The deadline for the international travel bursary is Wednesday 30th May. The bursaries for PhD students are awarded on a “first come first served” basis when eligible individuals book their conference place through the online registration process.)

Abstract: We have a DREaM – the Developing Research Excellence & Methods network

This paper reports on UK efforts to support the building of the library and information science (LIS) evidence base through the work of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Developing Research Excellence and Methods (DREaM) project. The broad aim of this project is to develop a formal UK-wide network of LIS researchers. The grant is held by Edinburgh Napier University and the work is supported by the UK Library and Information Science Research Coalition.

The project began in January 2011 and runs until August 2012. It focuses on bringing together those with an interest in developing LIS research at five UK events: two conferences (one at the start, and one at the end of the project) and a set of three linked workshops. These explore the scope of LIS and related research, the range of methods appropriate to research in the domain, and their strengths and weaknesses. Contributors include both methods experts from LIS, as well as experts from other subject domains, who explore and evaluate with participants a wide range of techniques that go beyond the standard qualitative and quantitative methods commonly deployed in LIS research. The participants, i.e., the members of the DREaM network itself, come from the full spectrum of LIS sectors, and hold roles at all career stages from student to senior management.

Brettle is a participant in the DREaM network, and Hall and Oppenheim are the project co-investigators. Drawing on their respective experiences in these roles, and based on an analysis of data collected from network members, the presenters will evaluate the project to date. This evaluation will cover its impact on participants and their relationship with research. It will also consider the value of the unique project approach that includes, for example, heavy reliance on event amplification to widen participation in the project beyond the delegates in situ, interactive sessions with network members, and the use of methods experts to share knowledge from domains external to LIS.

This paper is of direct relevance to the conference theme of methodologies for building the evidence base in library and information services. It also raises important issues related to advocacy, networking and influencing. Conference delegates who are interested in developing research capacity or expanding the LIS evidence base will be keen to learn of the UK experience.

Presentation slides

The slides for this presentation are available on SlideShare.

Realising the value of RiLIES: presentation at QQML2012

This week the 4th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries takes place in Limerick, Republic of Ireland. We have two papers at the conference. The first, entitled “Realising the value of RiLIES: the Research in Librarianship Impact Evaluation Study”, is by Hazel Hall, Peter Cruickshank and Ella Taylor-Smith. The abstract and link to slides for the paper are given below.

Abstract: Realising the value of RiLIES: the Research in Librarianship Impact Evaluation Study

In 2011 researchers at Edinburgh Napier University, supported by the UK Library and Information Science Research Coalition, investigated the extent to which funded research projects in the domain of library and information science (LIS) influence practice in the UK. The Research in Librarianship Impact Evaluation Study (RiLIES) focused particularly on identifying factors that increase or hinder the impact of research findings on those who deliver library and information services.

This paper will present the main findings of the RiLIES project as derived from: (1) a review of the LIS literature on impact; (2) a practitioner poll; (3) case studies of five LIS research projects identified as “impactful”; (4) three sector-specific focus groups; and (5) a validation survey.

The findings highlight the evident disconnect between the LIS research and practitioner communities. They confirm that the level of impact that a research 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. This work also demonstrates how organisational factors related to institutional and infrastructural support can engender receptive target audiences for research output.

The paper will offer new insight into the influence that research leadership and sponsorship, as well as choices related to the involvement of practitioners in research, play in the determination of research impact. In particular, these 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 work on this theme.

The presentation will be of particular interest to those keen to enhance the impact of their LIS research projects, and to practitioners who would like to become more engaged in LIS research.

Presentation slides

The slides for this presentation are available on SlideShare.

Free LIRG briefing session – London – Tuesday 10th July 2012

RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE: LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE RESEARCH RESOURCES BRIEFING 

  • Tuesday 10th July, 10:00-13:00, CILIP, Ridgmount Street, London
  • A free half-day LIRG event
  • Led by Christine Irving, Peter Cruickshank and Hazel Hall, Edinburgh Napier University
The Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) is pleased to announce a free event in collaboration with the Research in Librarianship Impact Evaluation Study (RiLIES) team.This is a half-day briefing session. Its main aim 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.

Learning outcome

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.

Who should attend?

This briefing is aimed at LIS practitioners, academics and students interested in learning about the range of resources available. It is particularly suitable for those who are keen to increase their engagement with research to support their practice.

Cost and booking

There is no charge for this event. However, advance booking is required to secure a place. Visit the LIRG website for further details http://bit.ly/RiLIES_briefing. Please use the online form at http://bit.ly/RiLIES_booking to make a booking. Bookings close on 2nd July 2012.

Further information

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

Find out more about the RiLIES projects

The Research in Librarianship – Impact Evaluation Study (RiLIES – pronounced “realise”) comprises two linked projects. RiLIES1 explored the extent to which funded librarianship research projects influence library practice in the UK. The goal of RiLIES2 is to produce research resources and training material to support librarians and information scientists in their use of published research in their work, and – where appropriate – to help librarians and information scientists and professionals carry out their own research. To find out more about RiLIES, please see the project web site at https://lisresearch.org/rilies-project/

RiLIES is a sister project of Developing Research Excellence and Methods (DREaM), both of which are supported by the LIS Research Coalition. This half day LIRG event on the morning of Tuesday 10th July at CILIP in London has been timed to follow the DREaM conference which takes place at the British Library on Monday 9th July. LIRG is also holding its AGM at the DREaM conference. Thus those with interests in LIS research and who are normally obliged to travel far to reach London have the opportunity to attend three events grouped together at the start of the week beginning 9th July. For further information about the DREaM conference, please see http://bit.ly/DREaM5_prog.

This event carries the CILIP Seal of Recognition

University of Northampton Learning and Library Services Conference 2012

Dr Miggie Pickton, editorial board member of Library and Information Research and a keen supporter of the LIS Research Coalition since its establishment, has contributed a guest blog post on a conference for LIS practitioners interested in conducting their own research. Miggie writes:

Hannah Rose (left) and Gillian Siddall (right) encouraging students to participate in their focus groups

Hannah Rose (left) and Gillian Siddall (right) encouraging students to participate in their focus groups

Here in the library at the University of Northampton we don’t just support research activity: we believe in engaging with it ourselves. The last few years have seen a steady increase in the number of Northampton library staff involved in research activity. Whether working in collaboration with partners or pursuing individual goals, the common purpose of all of our projects has been to conduct research that will inform our practice. Only by gathering and using evidence – from literature, theory, policy or practice – can we be sure that we are offering the best possible service to library users.

The use of research to inform practice is the underlying theme of our first departmental conference. This will take place on June 19th 2012. Staff from Library and Learning Services (the department comprises library, learning technology and learning development services) will be speaking on a range of topics: the iconography of the library; new roles for reading lists; the use of mobile apps; research data management, and more. We are also running a poster competition and two sets of ‘minute madness’ presentations. Our aim is to involve as many staff as possible, from all parts of the department. Our intended audience comprises the LIS community and our own service users.

We are particularly proud of our featured presentations. Many of the speakers have already presented their work at national and international conferences and published in a variety of places. Several have successfully competed for funding to support their work. Two of our presenters are the current holders of the LIRG Research Award and two have won university Teaching Fellowships for their work. Not only has their research benefited the service, it has also brought career benefits and increased job satisfaction to those involved.

We have been fortunate at Northampton in that research activity is strongly encouraged by our senior managers. LIS staff are rewarded with opportunities to attend external events and time to write for publication. But the motivation must come from within. To learn more about this, here is an opportunity to meet Northampton’s practitioner researchers.

So we welcome you warmly to our conference.

The full programme is available on our conference web site. If you would like to come along please contact Fiona Maclellan. There is a nominal charge of £30 to cover costs (including lunch).