The Library and Information Research Australia (LISRA) research team has developed the Research Assistance & Development for Australian Researchers (RADAR) Grant to provide a series of supportive activities to foster research activities in library and information science (LIS). The RADAR grants are designed to provide:

  • Research funding to teams of academics and practitioners to explore a research problem that will contribute to knowledge and practice in LIS;
  • A structured series of research supports for successful teams, to be provided by LISRA researchers, Profs Helen Partridge and Lisa Given; and
  • A supportive network of academics and practitioners to foster engagement and build capacity in LIS research practice.

Through a competitive selection process three projects were funded:

The Role of Academic Libraries in Promoting Scholarly Communication Literacy Amongst Australian Researchers: Open Access, Researcher Identity and Social Impact.
Edward Luca, Bhuva Narayan, Mal Booth, Belinda Tiffen and Ashley England
University of Technology Sydney

We’re all in this together: investigations of a single presentation for books in all formats.
Dana McKay, Swinburne University of Technology
George Buchanan, University of Melbourne

Non-library use immigrants: how can libraries support their information experience?
Elham Sayyad Abdi and Kathleen Smeaton, Queensland University of Technology
Debra Cooper, Logan City Council Library

To learn from the experiences of the RADAR grant recipients in undertaking a collaborative research project a free online seminar was held 26 November 2020. The seminar also critically considered how we can continue to break down the silos between LIS academy and LIS practice! You can find all details including a recording here!

You can also read the RADAR Blog, in which the three project teams reflected on their experiences while undertaking the projects in 2017!