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EBLIP chat: Day 27 – EBLIP CMM Dimensions

#blogjune Day 27: The (proposed) EBLIP Capability Maturity Model enables library leaders to determine the extent to which their library is practicing in an evidence-based way. In this video, I briefly explain the three dimensions on which evidence-based practice maturity could be evaluated in libraries.


G’day and welcome to this video series chatting about evidence-based library and information practice. I’m Alisa Howlett the Coordinator of Evidence-Based Practice at the University of Southern Queensland library.

EBLIP CMM Dimensions

In the last video I introduced some recent research into how library leaders could determine the extent to which their library was evidence-based or practicing in this way. So in this video I’m delving a little into the three themes or dimensions that were found in this research – process, engagement and evidence.

EBLIP CMM dimensions


Process is about how the library approached evidence-based practice. It was also about the extent to which the library engaged with or demonstrated capability in evidence-based practice as a process. This process might be reactive or proactive and it resembled the five A’s. Though capability and maturity may be at varying degrees at each step.


Engagement was about who or the roles that were involved in evidence-based practice within the library. Also, sub themes included things like leadership or the role of leaders, shared understanding of evidence-based practice and staff development. It also included how evidence-based practice was promoted, prioritised and enabled across the library.


And then finally evidence. This was about the types of evidence that were involved in the library’s evidence-based practice process. It’s capability to use, understand its limitations and apply different types of evidence and combinations of evidence indicated higher maturity.

If you’re keen to read more about this research, I do encourage you to check out the full articles. They are available as references at the bottom of the transcript of this post on my website.

So until next time take care. Cheers.


Koufogiannakis, D., & Brettle, A. (eds.) (2016). Being evidence based in library and information practice. Facet Publishing: London. p 15.

Thorpe, C. and Howlett, A. (2020). Applied and Conceptual Approaches to Evidence-Based Practice in Research and Academic Libraries. LIBER Quarterly, 30(1), 1-17.

Thorpe, C. and Howlett, A. (2020). Understanding EBLIP at an Organisational Level: An initial maturity model. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 15(1), 90-105. https://doi.org/10.18438/eblip29639

You can also view Day 27 (EBLIP MM Dimensions) video here.

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