Becoming a practitioner researcher

Want to become a practitioner researcher? Tips for getting started on your research journey.

13 April 2021

12.00pm-1.00pm NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, QLD
11.30am-12:30pm SA, NT
10.00am-11.00am WA

The materials from this session are now available: video recording (55 minutes).  

This webinar will discuss the experiences of a LIS practitioner researcher including discussion around applying for grants, conducting research, writing papers and utilising research in practice as well as recommendations on how to bridge the divide between researchers and practitioners. There are many benefits to conducting research, both to the users of a Library and to yourself as a LIS professional.  Conducting and utilising research in our practice ensures that the services and support we provide is user driven and grounded in evidence and also ensures as LIS professionals that we continue to learn and evolve our own knowledge and skills and contribute that knowledge to the wider LIS field.

This webinar will help you get started on your research journey by:

  • Providing advice on how to get started on a research project.
  • Common methods used to conduct research in Libraries.
  • How to get buy in from management and encourage a research environment at your Library.
  • Practical examples of how you can utilise research in your practice.
Seminar Speaker

Photo of Nicole JohnstonDr Nicole Johnston is the Associate University Librarian of Digital and Information Literacy at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. Previously, Nicole was a Lecturer of Library and Information Studies at Edith Cowan University and University College London in Qatar. Before this, Nicole worked as a librarian for ten years in various roles in Australia, Ireland and Dubai. Nicole is currently a member of the ALIA research advisory committee. In2018 Nicole was the recipient of the ALIA Research Grant Award in which she received $5000 for the project, Living in the world of fake news: High school students’ evaluation of information from social media sites’. The findings from this project are available in the Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association. Nicole’s research interests include digital literacy, media literacy and information behavior.

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