Exploring the use of evidence in practice by Australian special librarians

Howlett, Alisa and Howard, Zaana (2015) Exploring the use of evidence in practice by Australian special librarians. Information Research, 20 (1). pp. 1-14. ISSN 1368-1613

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Introduction. Evidence-based practice is a process through which evidence inits various forms is sourced, appraised and applied in order to solve a problem, inform decision making, or improve practice. The purpose of this paper is to share findings from a qualitative research study that sought to identify evidence used by Australian special librarians, and explore influences associated with its use.

Method. Data was collected through participant diaries and semi-structured interviews with five special librarians to capture and explore evidence use in practice.

Analysis. Participant diaries were used to inform semi-structured interview questions. Data from the interviews was analysed using the constant comparative method to determine common themes.

Results. Findings describe the role of evidence from a practitioner’s perspective, which included what constitutes evidence in practice, and how and why it is used. This led to the development of a ‘map’of evidence used by Australian special librarians, guided by existing evidence-based practice frameworks.

Conclusions. Results raise awareness of the types and uses of evidence in different circumstances by special librarians. Findings contribute an initial understanding of what constitutes best available evidence in the current evidence-based library and information practice model in the context of special libraries.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Library
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Library
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2018 04:30
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2018 03:15
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080706 Librarianship
Fields of Research (2020): 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4610 Library and information studies > 461006 Library studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33720

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