LIS Research Coalition to contribute presentation at IFLA 2010

We learnt this week that our paper proposal for IFLA 2010 has been accepted. The co-authors of the paper are Hazel Hall and Caroline Brazier. Caroline currently serves as the British Library’s representative on the Board of Directors of the LIS Research Coalition, and it is she who will present the paper at the conference in Gothenburg in August 2010.

Entitled ‘Implementing a coordinated and strategic approach to Library and Information Science research: the work of the UK Library and Information Science Research Coalition’ the paper will reflect on what has been achieved in the first 12 months of the Coalition’s implementation. It will make reference to efforts to provide a formal structure to improve access to LIS research in the UK, and to maximise its relevance and impact. It will discuss progress on specific aims related to bringing together information about LIS research opportunities; encouraging dialogue between research funders; promoting LIS practitioner research and the translation of research outcomes into practice; articulating a strategic approach to LIS research; and promoting the development of research capacity in LIS. Of particular interest to IFLA delegates will be the Coalition’s strategies for fostering an interest in LIS research amongst the practitioner community so that the application of outcomes of earlier studies become routine in the workplace, and a greater proportion of practitioners undertake research themselves. Means of building an evidence base dedicated to demonstrating the value and impact of library and information services will also be considered.