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Suzana S

Action-Research application in Evidence-Based practice for libraries - 3 views

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    Abstract
    Evidence Based Librarianship (EBL) seeks for and promotes the improvement of the librarian practice through the use of the best available evidence. Strongly used in medical contexts, Evidence Based Practice can be an important tool for the development of LIS, if practice is carefully thought and wisely combined with research and theoretical reflection. In order to achieve a state of equilibrium between theories and empirical studies, a qualitative method -action research- may be applied, as a dialogue between abstract ideas and the facts and signs provided by concrete experiences.
    Through action research, librarians can collect the evidence -using a series of qualitative tools- and use it for building theoretical knowledge in order to improve their work and their profession. From this viewpoint, after putting something into practice they will be able to know whether it worked as expected or not, make any change if it is necessary, and test the whole process again, searching more and new evidence. The method becomes a progressive helix that leads librarians to continuously evaluate their activities and services and improve them according of their final users' needs.
    Fitting these ideas in the general context of "Library 2.0" new LIS model and in the particular situation of Social Sciences libraries, the conference briefly introduces some basic ideas on how action research should be employed for collecting and using evidence in LIS.
Suzana S

Choice&quality in action research practice - 1 views

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    Abstract
    This article explores the nature of quality in action research practice. The origins and purposes of action research and its relation to social science methodology are reviewed. Action research is described in terms of four characteristic dimensions-worthwhile practical purposes, democracy and participation, many ways of knowing, and emergent
    developmental form-that present a broad range of criteria beyond those of the empirical research paradigm against which quality research might be judged. Recent debates concerning validity and quality in qualitative research are explored. It is argued that action research is characteristically full of choices, and the argument is made that quality in
    inquiry comes from awareness of and transparency about the choices available at each stage of the inquiry.
Suzana S

Action research resources - 0 views

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    Site at Southern Cross University
Suzana S

ALIA research - 0 views

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    Research related activities
Suzana S

OpenHeatMap - 0 views

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    Turns spreadsheets into maps
Suzana S

ISO 11620:2008 - Information and documentation -- Library performance indicators - 0 views

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    ISO 11620:2008 specifies the requirements of a performance indicator for libraries and establishes a set of performance indicators to be used by libraries of all types. It also provides guidance on how to implement performance indicators in libraries where such performance indicators are not already in use. The list and descriptions of the performance indicators are also summarized.
Suzana S

Lovely charts - 0 views

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    A free application to create professional looking diagrams
Suzana S

CAVAL Library Statistics - 0 views

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    Overview and sources
Suzana S

Quality and Assessment - Information for CAUL - 0 views

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    Lists useful sources
Ashley England

Clear and present questions: formulating questions for evidence based practice - 1 views

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    This is a link to a paper by Andrew Booth that really helped me when I was studying in my Masters. The paper suggests that the key of successful research is to have a clear and precise question - to know what you're looking for. He starts off with the quote: To be able to ask a question clearly is two-thirds of the way to getting it answered (John Ruskin).

    It echoes what Suzana kept asking/saying when we were talking about surveys, and the questions we would ask students - that it all depends on why we wanted to know something.
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