Professor Hazel Hall delivers the opening keynote speech on incorporating a research-minded approach to professional practice at major international conference


Professor Hazel Hall delivered the opening keynote speech at the European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) workshop held in Edinburgh this week in collaboration with the International Conference of Animal Health Information Specialists (ICAHIS) and the International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC).

The event is one of a series of biennial workshops and other related events designed to support healthcare librarians and information professionals in their work. Running from Wednesday 10th to Friday 12th June 2015 the workshop aims to enhance delegates’ appreciation and understanding of research methods. This goal relates primarily to supporting the improvement of library and information services provision for user communities. In addition to this, the organisers hope that the ideas and experiences shared at the event will help delegates identify new means of analysing their own services and practices in robust ways, and encourage them to conduct and publish good quality research.

In her presentation 'Incorporating a research-minded approach to professional practice' Hall argued that research is not just something that ‘other’ people removed from everyday services delivery do, but an activity that underpins a range of library and information practices such as the evaluation of services, strategic thinking, and the measurement and communication of service value. She referred to the findings of a number of initiatives and research projects undertaken by staff within the Centre for Social Informatics over recent years, including the Library and Information Science Research Coalition, the two Research in Librarianship Impact Evaluation Studies (RiLIES) projects, and Developing Research Excellence and Methods (DREaM).

The slides for the presentation are available on SlideShare, and a review of the event in a post on Hazel Hall's blog.
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Hazel Hall
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