LIS research centres and networks
This page lists communities and networks associated with LIS in the UK – both informal and formal
LIS practitioner and general networks
- UK Library Blogs/Bloggers. Maintained by Jo Alcock and others. Added July 2012.
- LIS_RiLIES/Research-Impact – Tracks a range of accounts owned by people or organisations who are active in moving LIS research results into the wider pubic domain
- LIS_RiLIES/Information-Sources – Twitter accounts that have been recommended by LIS researcher-practitioners as good sources for research news
- LIS_RiLIES/Librarian-Groups – Accounts belonging to UK-based official and unofficial groups of LIS professionals. Good sources of news and campaigns
LIS research networks
- British Association for Information & Library Education and Research (BAILER): teaching and research staff in the Information and Library Schools and Departments in the UK and Ireland.
- Developing Research Excellence and Methods (DREaM) project and the DREaM online community: the DREaM project’s aim is to develop a formal UK-wide network of Library and Information Science (LIS) researchers.
- Library and Information Research Group (LIRG): special interest group of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) concerned with library and information research.
- LinkedIn discussion group on library and information research methods: DREaM project member David Haynes set up this group in early 2012.
Health information and librarianship
- Strategic Health Authority Library Leads (SHALL): library leads from each of the 10 strategic health authoritiess in England, and representatives from higher education, social care, independent health libraries, he Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and key National Health Service (NHS) bodies.
- Health Information and Libraries for Evaluation and Research (HEALER): HEALER aims to increase the production of good quality health information management research, and to ensure that a co-ordinated approach to research into health information management is established so that it is clear what research is taking place and where the outputs are stored.
Local government libraries and information service providers
- KnowledgeHub: Supports numerous CoPs for professionals working in LIS, allows self-organisation by location or interest (registration required, then search for a CoP)
Individual LIS research centres
- Centre for Health Information Management Research (CHIMR), Sheffield University
- Centre for Information Literacy Research (CILR), Sheffield University
- Centre for the Public Library and Information in Society (CPLIS), Sheffield University
- Centre for Research in Library and Information Management (CERLIM), Manchester Metropolitan University
- Centre for Social Informatics, Edinburgh Napier University (Twitter @CentSocInfo)
- Evidence Base, Birmingham City University (Twitter @evidencebase, blog http://www.ebasebcu.wordpress.com)
- Scottish Centre for the Book, Edinburgh Napier University
- LISU, Loughborough University
- Case Research programme aims to strengthen our understanding of how best to deliver high quality culture and sporting opportunities to the widest audience, generating positive outcomes for society. (DCMS with Arts Council England input)
- Europe’s New Libraries Together In Transversal Learning Environments – designed to support and extend the progress made by public libraries in supporting learning for all age groups and sections of society (finished 2008)
- Lib-Value project (US study on the value, outcome and return on investment of academic libraries)
Last update: July 2012. Use the comments feature to suggest corrections and new links