Invitation to complete the RiLIES2 project poll

Which freely available online resources do you consult to find relevant library and information science (LIS) research to help with your job? Where would you go if you wanted to access advice online on how to set up a new research project of your own?

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.

We are keen to ensure that we do not replicate existing provision of resources, and to identify the best format and “home” for the resources that we produce. To this end we invite you to complete this 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 if you live in another country, we would still be interested in your answers.

Please follow this link to take part. The poll will remain open until the end of April.

RiLIES2 project is a follow-on project from RiLIES1. RiLIES1 explored the extent to which funded librarianship research projects influence library practice in the UK. Download the RiLIES1 project report Enhancing the impact of LIS research projects.

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Introducing RiLIES2

Mary Queen of Scots (Lesley Smith)

Mary Queen of Scots (Lesley Smith) after her presentation at the Edge conference dinner

Regular visitors to these web pages will be familiar with the work of the Research in Librarianship Impact Evaluation Study (RiLIES) that we completed last year.

Using the findings from RiLIES1, the team has just embarked on a second follow-on project. RiLIES2 will produce a series of outputs to support the use and execution of research by librarians and information scientists.

Presented in the form of training, good practice and community support materials, the RiLIES2 outputs will provide practical guidance covering how to: (1) consume extant research (e.g. offer guidance on where to find high quality research output that can be used to improve services delivery); (2) do research; and (3) maximise the impact of research undertaken.

Common to all outputs is the goal of embedding in the LIS community an appreciation of research as essential to high quality services delivery.

At the early stages of the project the team is keen to spread the word of the work in progress. For example, last week Hazel Hall met delegates of the Edge conference in Edinburgh where she was able to introduce the project. A highlight of Hazel’s participation at the event was meeting the after-dinner speaker at the conference dinner. Billed as a “royal visitor”, Mary Queen of Scots (AKA Lesley Smith) gave a very entertaining performance.

Next week we will be discussing with the Library and Information Research Group how we can work together to ensure that the project fits with the needs of the community, and that the work completed will have impact.

RiLIES2 will report in Q3 of 2012.