Action Research

Itching to find an answer? Maybe you can try action research…

3 May 2017

12.00pm-1.00pm QLD, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas
11.30am-12.30pm NT, SA
10.00am-11:00am WA

Online Via Zoom: Simply click on the following link and follow the prompts to install Zoom and participate:

The materials from the session are now available: recording (1 hr 8 mins, audio only or audio & video options available) and PowerPoint Slides

Something isn’t quite working, when we know it should… We need to work out why…

Action research is a framework for people who want to gain a deeper understanding of a problem – and achieve compelling change – in the context of their own professional practice. Because it focuses on putting new ideas to the test, it’s a valuable approach to research for the curious library and information professional who understands that there is the potential to introduce improvements by understanding and intervening in practice problems. Importantly, action research is an authentic, participative methodology: researchers directly involve real people in the inquiry process, with the goal of deepening their personal understanding of the issues and contributing to the development of professional knowledge. It is an iterative approach to posing and resolving problems: four processes of planning-acting-observing-reflecting create a cycle of research activity, which in turn can lead into further progressive cycles of research.

This webinar will introduce you to the field by exploring:

  • What is involved in action research?
  • Why is action research useful to your practice?
  • How can you involve your community in the research?
  • Where should you start?
  • What are some examples of action research projects?

So – when you intuitively know that something isn’t quite working the way it should, then action research might just be the methodology you have always been secretly longing for!


Dr Gillian Hallam is Adjunct Professor with Queensland University of Technology, recognising her academic career as an educator and researcher. She has led a range of different applied research projects with academic, public and special libraries to establish an evidence-based approach to their planning activities. Gillian is also a practitioner: she is currently driving the University of Queensland Library’s information and digital literacy strategy which aims to shape the policies and practices to provide high quality student learning experiences and internationally significant research outcomes in the contemporary academic world.


For those not able to attend the seminar, you can follow along via Twitter at #lisraproject