ALA Unit/Subunit: LLAMA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
This presentation will introduce the basic techniques of evidence based library and information practice (EBLIP) and also offer examples from libraries and librarians that have already embraced the practice. Evidence based library and information practice incorporates an evidence-based cycle, systematic reviews of literature, and research-based decision-making to inform library direction and develop patron services. The concepts and principles of EBLIP have been adopted by libraries and librarians worldwide. EBLIP is an approach appropriate for libraries of all types - school, public, and academic. Evidence based library and information practice advocates for a systematic approach to incorporate evidence into a library’s decision-making processes and management.
A panel of librarians who have adopted EBLIP concepts and principles will share how evidence-based librarianship has impacted their libraries, library practice, research agendas, and patron interactions. Participants will receive an overview of evidence based library and information practice theory and research; learn about evidence-based frameworks; and discover how evidence-based decision making improves libraries. The presentation will draw heavily from recent research by Koufogiannakis & Brettle (2016) and their book Being evidence based in library and information practice, and include one of the authors as a panelist. Participants will learn what evidence-based librarianship is, what it looks like, and suggestions on how to begin incorporating EBLIP into their own day-to-day practice.
Koufogiannakis, D., & Brettle, Alison. (2016). Being evidence based in library and information practice (U.S. ed.). Chicago: Neal-Schuman, an imprint of the American Library Association.