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Developing a culture of evidence based practice within the library and information profession: the impact of library science education. A teaching and learning model from the Queensland University of Technology

Partridge, Helen L. & Hallam, Gillian C. (2005) Developing a culture of evidence based practice within the library and information profession: the impact of library science education. A teaching and learning model from the Queensland University of Technology. In Management, marketing, evaluation and promotionof library services, based on statistics, analyses and evaluation in your own library. Satellite meeting of the IFLA Management and Marketing Section, 71st WLIC 2005, 9-11 August 2005, Bergen, Norway. (Unpublished)

Abstract

Evidence Based Practice (EBP) has recently emerged as a topic of discussion amongst professionals within the library and information industry. Simply stated, EBP is the process of using formal research skills and methods to assist in decision making and establishing best practice. The emerging interest in the EBP within the library context serves to remind the library profession that research skills and methods will ensure that the library industry remains current and relevant in a rapidly changing environment. The future of EBP within the library context relies upon effective cooperation between industry professionals, library science educators and professional associations. This paper will consider the role of library science education in ensuring the future of EBP within librarianship. Aware of its role to industry as a supplier of employees to the marketplace, the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is continually reviewing its library science curriculum to more readily embrace the needs of current industry practice. This paper will discuss the teaching and learning model that is being at the Queensland University of Technology to foster student awareness and understanding of EBP and its practical role in the library and information industry. The paper examines the experiences of both the teaching staff and the students in practicing EBP within an industry context and considers the contribution the course makes in developing an EBP culture within the Australian library and information profession.

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ID Code: 1973
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: Satellite event for Libraries - a Voyage of Discovery. International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)World Library and Information Congress. 71st IFLA General Conference and Council
Keywords: Library and information professionals, Evidence based practice, Library and information education, Teaching and learning, Reflective practice
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 19 Aug 2005
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:24

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