Practical issues in creating an evidence base for Library and Information Practice

Anne Brice, Andrew Booth


What are the practical issues in creating a knowledge
base for the library and information profession? ln this
article the authors explore this topic from a practitioner-researcher perspective in order to identify the issues which arise from undertaking research, informed by experiences when conducting a qualitative systematic review.
The paper identifies barriers to using research, as
perceived by library and information professionals, and
discusses general issues encountered when undertaking research as a practitioner.
It reports the experiences of conducting a systematic review of qualitative research in the area of critical appraisal skills, a review spanning several disciplines. The authors select several factors of particular importance to illustrate the specific challenges of creating an evidence base in library and information practice. They highlight many examples of pitfalls and difficulties, but also the payback and rewards, of doing research.


knowledge base creation; researcher; practitioner; qualitative systematic review; library professionals; information professionals; challenges; evidence based;

Full Text: PDF

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

CILIP Registered Charity no 313014

ISSN 1756-1086 (Online)