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Research into practice: The present situation

Presentation by Peter Cruickshank at LIRG LIS research resources briefing, July 10th 2012, London. Further details at http://lisresearch.org/2012/07/10/research-into-practice-lis-research-resources-briefing/

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Research into practice: The present situation

  1. 1. Research into practice:The present situation Peter Cruickshank London 10 July 2012
  2. 2. Reminder: today’s aim Increase knowledge and understanding of the range of research resources and training materials available to support the exploitation of the existing LIS evidence base and the execution of LIS research projects.12/07/2012 2
  3. 3. Challenge: Engaging all sectors • As with RiLIES1 we had low response rates from public librarians – Are we asking the wrong questions? – Are we asking in the wrong place?12/07/2012 3
  4. 4. Most appreciatedResources that were appreciated by respondents:• JISC mailing lists » Mailing lists (particularly operated by JISC) continue to be the main source of knowledge for many who are interested in research (or simply learning from colleagues)• LIR Journal• LIRG• EBLIP Journal• Blogs and Twitter feeds• DREaM resources • Honourable runner up12/07/2012 4
  5. 5. Issues Converting awareness into use• A number of resources have still to get their audience to move from "heard of it" to "have tried it": – particular examples are • DREaM resources • The EBLIP Journal • LIRG resources – A large proportion report having found them wanting – The BAILER resource links have this problem too. » Action: Review data and compare to stakeholders’ actual requirements12/07/2012 5
  6. 6. Issues Low visibility• Low awareness of existing resources, e.g. – USA/EU resources such as dLIST, eLIS, RD Info and ALA/RUSA – Few respondents had heard of KnowledgeHub CoP platform • Even though it’s aimed at UK public sector12/07/2012 6
  7. 7. Project output What should we do?12/07/2012 7
  8. 8. Project output12/07/2012 8
  9. 9. Project output Other ideasTip-sheets/ and brief guidelines • On a broad range of topics • Could only work if a process was in place to ensure the content is kept up to date, another area where a long-term commitment is necessary.Discussion space • The LIS community routinely uses mailing-lists • Could set up a new JISC LIS-* list, or use existing listLink to resources outside the UK • Clear need to make them more visible • e.g. links to dLIST and RD12/07/2012 9
  10. 10. There is no shortage of material12/07/2012 10
  11. 11. Conclusion• A real need for a directory of LIS research resources – low-cost – centrally-funded – community-maintained – held in a known location – long-term commitment to maintenance – Caveat: Were we listening to the right people? » We think this answer applies to all sectors12/07/2012 11
  12. 12. Project responses12/07/2012 12
  13. 13. Printed material Fliers: impact & resources Creative Commons12/07/2012 13
  14. 14. Printed material Planning for impact • advice on proposal writing • free to use examples12/07/2012 14
  15. 15. Updated the current website Four categories Clarity about freshness Support needed!12/07/2012 15
  16. 16. Community resources• Pages on site are the best we can do now• Engagement & support is needed – We know a passive approach does not work• Can only work with engagement from – individuals – the community – organisations12/07/2012 16
  17. 17. Creating a sustainable answer What else can be done?12/07/2012 17
  18. 18. Supporting the community Technical •Coming up: some thoughts Community- driven •…Next session12/07/2012 18
  19. 19. Review of options• JISC LIS research-related mailing lists – Review to determine how they can improve LIS practice – Conclusion: Many of them have lot of activities and their discussions are up-to date • but the problem is that is still difficult to identify those that could be helpful because – sometimes people have questions but don’t get the required answers or – they get the answer and then don’t make a summary12/07/2012 19
  20. 20. Review of options• Library day in a Life Project » librarydayinthelife.pbworks.com – Has been maintained for four years and people are still willing to share their stories. – Maybe not in total but some of the approaches can be useful » Currently waiting for detailed replay12/07/2012 20
  21. 21. A day in the life...12/07/2012 21
  22. 22. Review of options• Other possibilities using the wiki approach + easily updated + supports the community maintained approach. – no way to search with a specific keyword – difficult to find the required support12/07/2012 22
  23. 23. Publications Wiki slisapps.sjsu.edu/wikis/faculty/putnam/index.php/LIS_Publications_Wiki12/07/2012 23
  24. 24. Choosing a platform• Social bookmarking: delicious.com – implement stacks with a specific name • Creates folders where all the projects within the specific subject can be stored – using a specific tag (eg lisresearch) it will be easier to search through the resources12/07/2012 24
  25. 25. delicious.com delicious.com/search?p=lis+research12/07/2012 25
  26. 26. Choosing a platform• Google Drive – Save a file and make it visible to everybody on the web – But: place to publish the link is required.12/07/2012 26
  27. 27. Review of options• Ideas for further work. – Search through workshops and conferences that are discussing this subject and try to find something about new projects. – Contact university libraries and see how can we relate to the small projects that are being done by research students and could be also useful. » These processes could be repeated regularly to pick up new developments12/07/2012 27
  28. 28. Demonstration: ALISS engine• Please see the set of ALISS slides12/07/2012 28
  29. 29. Conclusion• This presentation has looked at issues and solutions around – sample teaching and community support materials we have developed (leaflets) – how we have addressed problem of fragmented infrastructures (web pages) – proposals for technical/community solutions to issues of access.12/07/2012 29
  30. 30. In the next session we move to Next: The community response12/07/2012 30