Time to move EBLIP forward with an organizational lens

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Howlett, Alisa. 2018. "Time to move EBLIP forward with an organizational lens." Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. 13 (3), pp. 74-80. https://doi.org/10.18438/eblip29491
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Time to move EBLIP forward with an organizational lens

ERA Journal ID10666
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorHowlett, Alisa
Journal TitleEvidence Based Library and Information Practice
Journal Citation13 (3), pp. 74-80
Number of Pages7
Year2018
Place of PublicationAlberta, Canada
ISSN1715-720X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.18438/eblip29491
Web Address (URL)https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/eblip/index.php/EBLIP/article/view/29491
Abstract

[Introduction]:
For more than two decades, the library and information science (LIS) profession has considered the ways that 'evidence based practice', a decision-making framework that has its origins in medicine, applies to our own practice. Empirical research and conceptual discussion has evolved our understanding, and yet so far, this understanding has only captured the individual practitioner experience of evidence based library and information practice (EBLIP). It is time to move our understanding forward from being evidence-based practitioners to becoming evidence-based libraries.

If library and information services are to truly embrace a culture of evidence based practice as a '[way] of being', we need to apply what we know about EBLIP to a whole-of-organization level (Partridge, Edwards, & Thorpe, 2010, p. 282). This commentary will highlight the current gap in our understanding about EBLIP but also an opportunity, to enable evidence based practice to serve at a strategic level. This review will be followed by a ‘lens’ or model that is used at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Library to promote a shared understanding of how evidence-based practice is applied throughout the organization.

Keywordslibrary and information science; evidence-based practice
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020461006. Library studies
Byline AffiliationsLibrary Services
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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