Enabling research-based practice

Enabling research-based practice in library and information science: a preliminary model from the LISRA project.

23 November 2021

12.00pm-1.00pm NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas
11:00am-12.00pm QLD
11.30am-12:30pm SA
10.30am-11.30am NT
9.00am-10.00am WA

The materials for this sessions are now available via video (51 minutes).

This session presents findings from a national online survey of 291 Australian library and information science (LIS) practitioners that investigated beliefs and attitudes towards research, research experience and support needs, as well as current involvement in research. The project has resulted in the first empirically derived model for LIS practitioner-research, providing key insights into how Australia’s LIS profession can best support and enable research culture and practice. The model proposes five steps (supported by four scaffolded transition points) for LIS practitioners to develop as confident practitioner-researchers.

This study is part of the Library and Information Science Research Australia (LISRA) project funded by the Australian Research Council. LISRA was designed to encourage and enable research culture and practice within Australia’s LIS profession, to inform decision making, and to ensure LIS services are evidence-based and relevant to changing community needs. For more information, visit the LISRA website http://lisresearch.org.au/ and follow us on Twitter @LISResearchAu


Professor Helen Partridge, Deakin University

Seminar Speakers

Lisa M. Given, PhD, is Professor of Information Science (Centre for Design Innovation) and Strategic Advisor, Research Capability Development, at Swinburne University of Technology. Professor Given’s research is interdisciplinary, with a focus on qualitative and mixed methodologies; her work explores individuals’ information behaviours, users’ experience of technology, and individuals’ research practices. She is a former President of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) and has served on the College of Experts of the Australian Research Council (ARC). Professor Given holds numerous grants funded by the ARC, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, among others. She is co-author of Looking for Information: A Survey of Research on Information Seeking, Needs and Behavior (2016) and 100 Questions (and Answers) about Qualitative Research (2016).

Dr Angela Murphy manages the adoption of learning analytics for academic quality at the University of Southern Queensland including supporting the use of analytics to inform teaching and learning practice. Angela is a Research Psychologist with a PHD from the University of South Africa. She has spent more than fifteen years dabbling in research across a myriad of domains from academia to market research and high performance business intelligence. Angela has a passion for investigating social constructs using statistical methodologies and unpacking the impact of the digital world on teaching and learning outcomes. 

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