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|Title:||Research in librarianship: issues to consider|
|Author(s):||Denise Koufogiannakis, (John W. Scott Health Sciences Library, Walter C. Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada), Ellen Crumley, (HealthInfo & Searching Practice Inc., Edmonton, Canada)|
|Citation:||Denise Koufogiannakis, Ellen Crumley, (2006) "Research in librarianship: issues to consider", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 24 Iss: 3, pp.324 - 340|
|Keywords:||Evidence-based practice, Librarianship, Research|
|Article type:||General review|
|DOI:||10.1108/07378830610692109 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – Attempting to incorporate research into decision making raises several questions about the research that currently exists in librarianship, areas that are most in need of research, obstacles to conducting research, and possible solutions for nurturing a professional environment in which conducting and using research becomes an accepted and expected part of our practice. This article attempts to answer some of those questions.
Design/methodology/approach – A general overview of the research base in librarianship is given. Compilation of content analyses and systematic reviews present an argument relating to the need of further research in librarianship. Further examination of potential research questions is conducted, and potential obstacles and solutions to research barriers are presented.
Findings – There is still a need to establish a solid evidence base within our profession. With support from all sectors of librarianship, progress can be made.
Originality/value – This paper points out gaps in our research knowledge, and areas that need to be explored via research in library and information studies. It is hoped that this paper will encourage librarians to think about how they can incorporate research into their daily practice.
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