Towards building evidence-based practice capacity in academic libraries: an overview of a capability maturity model.
10 February 2021
1.00pm-2.00pm NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas
Since 2016, the University of Southern Queensland Library has sought to intentionally embed and develop its evidence-based practice capacity. Existing research to date however, had shed light on individual practitioner experiences, and to some extent, team experiences of evidence-based practice. But not that of a library as an organisation. So how does a library leader know whether their library is practicing and delivering services in an evidence-based way?
The capability maturity model (CMM) for evidence-based practice in academic libraries addresses this gap in both research and professional practice. Through five levels and across three dimensions, the CMM outlines the capabilities and building blocks needed to progress evidence-based practice maturity, making it a tool for libraries to plot their maturity path. This presentation will provide an overview of the research approach, its findings, and the next steps needed to further develop the model.
Alisa Howlett is currently the Coordinator of Evidence-Based Practice at the University of Southern Queensland library. Her professional experience in library and information science (LIS) spans over 10 years in a variety of information settings. Alisa’s research, mainly in evidence-based practice, has been published and presented internationally, and her achievements and contribution to the profession in her early career was recognised with the ALIA Metcalfe Award in 2017. She has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and Master of Information Technology (Library and Information Science) from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
Clare Thorpe is the Acting Director, Library Services at University of Southern Queensland. She has worked in academic and state libraries since 2001. As a researcher-practitioner, Clare uses a range of methodologies to apply evidence-based practice to collection management, user experience, staff development, teaching and learning design. She has been awarded Australian Library and Information Association’s Distinguished Certified Professional status (2016), the Metcalfe Award for early career achievement (2005) and the Queensland Library Achiever of the Year (2016). Her Twitter handle is: @thorpe_clare
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