The right resources to support LIS research: findings from the RiLIES2 project poll

Peter Cruickshank, Hazel Hall, Christine Margaret Irving


In 2011 and 2012 the Library and Information Science Research Coalition supported two projects entitled Research in Librarianship Impact Evaluation Study (RiLIES1 and RiLIES2). This paper discusses the results of a survey completed in spring 2012 as part of RiLIES2. RiLIES2 was concerned with the production of a series of outputs such as training, good practice and community support materials, to support the identification, use and execution of research by librarians and information scientists. The purpose of the survey was to determine which of the existing resources which purported to support librarians and information scientists in using or conducting research were (a) well used; (b) respected. The survey’s main findings revealed a low level of awareness of the full range of existing resources to support LIS research and highlighted the pressing need for a centrally-funded community-maintained directory of LIS research resources, held in a known location, with (crucially) a long-term commitment to maintenance.


impact; research; practitioner research; Library and Information Science Research Coalition

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