Researchers, Librarians and IS Workers
How can funded research projects in the domain of library and information science (LIS) influence practice in the UK?
- What factors increase (or hinder) the impact of research findings on those who deliver library and information services?
- What can research teams and funders do to maximise the impact of their research?
- What are most effective communication channels between researchers, librarians and IS workers?
Researchers and practitioners need to work together more throughout the research process -from project planning, through implementation to dissemination.
- involve practitioners in the research process;
- dissemination plans for LIS research take practitioner preferences into account (face to face if possible, targeted and accessible);
- use networks;
- more support for practitioners to engage with research;
- involve policy-makers through launch events and stakeholder groups.
The beginnings of a more inclusive, cooperative and effective research climate
- research teams and funders have a better understanding of the needs of LIS professionals
- and librarians and information scientists are up to date on the research most relevant to their field.
Most research on LIS matters is not difficult to locate. What's missing is a culture of exploiting research to develop and improve services - Experienced consultant
Related Project: Research in Librarianship - Impact Evaluation Study (RiLIES1)
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