How academic librarians experience evidence-based practice: a grounded theory model

Miller, Faye and Partridge, Helen and Bruce, Christine and Yates, Christine and Howlett, Alisa (2017) How academic librarians experience evidence-based practice: a grounded theory model. Library and Information Science Research, 39 (2). pp. 124-130. ISSN 0740-8188

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This study explored academic librarians’ experience of evidence-based practice. A better understanding of evidence-based practice from an empirical basis can help fulfill the aims of evidence-based library and information practice to continuously improve practice and make effective, value-adding decisions about library and information services for their clients and communities. This research uses a constructivist grounded theory approach to investigate the question: How do academic librarians experience evidence-based practice? Thirteen Australian academic librarians participated in semi-structured interviews. The study used the methods of constant comparison to create codes and categories towards constructing a new theoretical model of experiencing evidence-based practice in the academic library context. The model consists of six categories of experiences: empowering, intuiting, affirming, connecting, noticing and impacting. This model can provide a platform for developing support for academic librarians and their educators by increasing awareness of various mindsets and actions experienced in the workplace context towards facilitating evidence-based information practice.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Submitted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Division of Academic Services - No Department
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 00:38
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2018 00:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: evidence-based practice, library and information science, librarianship, academic libraries, grounded theory, evidence based library and information practice
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080706 Librarianship
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8903 Information Services > 890302 Library and Archival Services
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Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2017.04.003

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