10 top tips for turning your day-to-day practice into research and scholarship

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At the University of Northampton, academic and professional services staff seek to improve the life and experiences of the University community through developing their work and practice. There is also an expectation that librarians and professional staff contribute to the professional knowledge base (adapted from Pickton, 2016). Although eager to improve our practice, it is not always easy to know how to transform our work into research and scholarship. This paper will be presented by members of CILIP’s Library and Information Research Group, who, with a focus on workplace research, will discuss what it means to be a researcher-practitioner and will share with participants some ‘top-tips’ to get started in this area. They will focus on how it is important, as academic service-oriented staff to take pride in our work and consider the impact that it has on others, including students, academic staff, and other academic service providers (including other libraries and librarians). The presenters will argue how individuals have a professional responsibility to reflect upon and share their innovative and creative good practice to contribute to the scholarship of the profession and the achievement of organisational strategic aims. The presenters will include tips on how to think about where we innovate in the workplace and how this can be evaluated effectively to generate scholarship from our day-to-day practices. Drawing on their experiences of conducting and disseminating workplace research and encouraging library and academic support professionals to get involved in scholarly activity, the presenters will also introduce a current project that they are involved in which aims to support library and information professionals in developing workplace research skills.

Pickton, M. (2016) Facilitating a research culture in an academic library: top down and bottom up approaches. New Library World. 117(1/2), pp.105-127. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/NLW-10-2015-0075
Period9 Jun 2023
Event titleLLS Everyone a Researcher Conference 2023
Event typeConference
LocationNorthampton, United KingdomShow on map