"The Researcher Librarian Partnership: Building a Culture of Research" published in Library and Information Research

Co-authored by OCLC Senior Research Scientist Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., this paper outlines the details of the Researcher-Librarian Partnership, a research-mentoring program that was initiated by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, and provides observations on how research mentoring can be a powerful way to ensure all stakeholders can play an active role in supporting the development of a research culture within the profession.

Abstract

Increasingly, the library and information science (LIS) practitioner is being challenged to incorporate research into the context of their professional work. This paper reports on the Researcher-Librarian Partnership, a research-mentoring program that was initiated by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. Six new LIS practitioners within their first seven years of professional practice took part in the program. Each was partnered with an experienced LIS researcher who provided mentoring and support. During the 12-month program the new professionals designed and implemented a research project on a topic of interest. This paper outlines the details of the program providing observations on how research mentoring can be a powerful way to ensure all stakeholders—practitioners, educators and professional associations—can plan an active role in supporting the development of a research culture within the profession.

"The Researcher Librarian Partnership: Building a Culture of Research" is available in Vol 38, No 118 (2014) of Library and Information Research, an open access journal.

For more information:

Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
OCLC Research
connawal@oclc.org
+1-303-246-3623

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research
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