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EBLIP chat: Day 29 – Who has responsibility for EBLIP?

#blogjune Day 29: The last couple of videos are slightly longer, going over the 3 1/2 minute mark. But, bear with me. ūüôā In this video, I¬†provide a short, and slightly longer answer to the question, who’s responsibility is EBP? Also, I identify key roles and elements to help enable engagement with EBP at every level and across the profession.


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.

Everyone is responsible for being evidence-based

Today I’d like to talk about who’s¬†responsibility is evidence-based practice? The short¬†answer is that its everyone’s responsibility, but hear me¬†out. First two things, we need to shift from this¬†thinking about doing evidence-based practice and that¬†it’s reserved for those big undertakings or it’s reserved for¬†those specific roles within an organisation.¬†The other thing is that we need to break this¬†myth or barrier that “well i’m not a researcher¬†therefore evidence-based practice isn’t for me or it’s not my job”.¬†Serving clients and communities in the best ways possible¬†is our job, is our responsibility. And so evidence-based practice or being¬†evidence-based is a way to achieve this.

Years ago Hallam and Partridge made some suggestions¬†for responsibility at every level of the profession –¬†so at the professional associations, educators,¬†organisations or libraries or employers, library leaders and individual¬†professionals. Also in the maturity model findings¬†we’ve got a few pillars there. The key here being engagement.

At every level, in every role – Engaging in EBP is key

Engaging¬†in evidence-based practice at every level of the profession.¬†Also the sub themes in engagement, the shared responsibility, the priority,¬†the skills and capability, shared¬†understanding and leadership, sharing at every level.¬†Those things I think could be worked into¬†those suggestions as well and build upon them¬†to make evidence-based practice more of a ‘being’¬†rather than a ‘doing’ by a certain number of people.

Also there’s that finding around engagement in the promotion,¬†how its prioritised and how evidence-based practice is enabled.¬†I think those could be worked in to responsibility as well.

Suggestions for better enabling EBP in LIS

A couple of suggestions then Рevidence-based practice needs to be made part of every job description. Also I think there needs to be a research methods course provided by professional associations. I did an evidence-based practice course back in 2010 by the University of Sheffield, I believe. That needs to happen. That needs to be provided or accessible to library and information professionals to upskill themselves in this area.

The last suggestion I’ll make here¬†is we need to be open to doing things differently and that¬†might mean that evidence might be surprising sometimes.¬†So you know, we need to be open to what the evidence is¬†providing us and what it is our clients and communities need from our services.¬†We need to be open to doing that. We need to be open¬†to doing things differently to align better¬†with our clients and communities and evidence-based practice¬†is a way to achieve this.

Until next time, take care. Cheers.


Hallam & Partridge. (2006). Evidence based library and information practice: Whose responsibility is it anyway? Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 1(3), pp. 88-94.

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