In June 2020, I set myself a goal of producing 25 short (3 minute) videos for #blogjune. This video series brings together much of my evidence-based practice experience and knowledge over the last 10 years. Though three minutes seemed a rather short space of time for some of the topics(!) In these cases, only a brief overview or key points were provided.

This video series covers evidence-based library and information practice (EBLIP) from basic definitions and concepts to insights and advice about how to take EBLIP forward at an individual practitioner level, teams and an organisational level. In addition to the growing EBLIP literature, it is my hope that this video series is approachable enough to debunk some of the mysteries around EBLIP and further enable practitioners and leaders alike, to cultivate an evidence-based practice culture within their library organisation.

An introduction to the EBLIP chat video series

So #blogjune is on again! And to celebrate this annual event and my return to professional self and life, I’m doing a video series to chat about all things evidence-based library and information practice.

My professional journey with evidence-based practice

A little bit more about me – I’m a librarian, researcher, aspiring yogi, wife and mum to an active one-year-old and miniature schnauzer.

EBLIP Basics

Applying EBLIP

An organisational view of EBLIP

Building EBP capability and maturity

Reflecting upon the EBLIP video chat series

This challenge was perfect for getting out a heap of (hopefully) helpful content in a limited amount of time. So limited, that I’ve hardly stopped to think too much about how scary and uncomfortable this whole exercise was for me. I had only returned to work from parental leave since April 2020. What a way to throw myself back into things! But I’m glad I did it.

References and further reading

Booth, A. (2002). From EBM to EBL: Two steps forward or one step back? Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 21(3), 51-64. http://dx.doi.org/10.1300/J115v21n03_04

Crumley, E., & Koufogiannakis, D. (2002). Developing evidence-based librarianship: practical steps for implementation. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 19(2), 61-70.

Eldredge, J. D. (2000). Evidence-based librarianship: An overview. Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, 88(4), 289-302. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC35250/

Gillespie, A. (2014). Untangling the evidence: introducing an empirical model for evidence-based library and information practice; Information Research, 19(3) paper 632. Retrieved from http://InformationR.net/ir/19-3/paper632.html

Gillespie, A., Miller, F., Partridge, H., Bruce, C. & Howlett, A. (2017). What do Australian Library and Information Professionals Experience as Evidence? Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 12(1), 97-108.

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.

Howlett, A. & Howard, Z. (2015). Exploring the use of evidence in practice by Australian special librarians. Information Research, 20(1), paper 657.

Howlett, A. (2018). Time to Move EBLIP Forward with an Organisational Lens. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 13(3), 74-80.

Howlett, A. & Thorpe, C. (2018). It’s what we do here: embedding evidence-based practice at USQ Library. Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference, Gold Coast, QLD. 2 August 2018.

Koufogiannakis, D. (2011). Considering the place of practice-based evidence within Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP). Library & Information Research, 35(111), 41-58. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/article/view/486/527

Koufogiannakis, D. (2012). Academic librarians’ conception and use of evidence sources in practice. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 7(4), 5-24. Retrieved from https://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/EBLIP/article/view/18072/14468

Koufogiannakis, D. (2013). Academic Librarians Use Evidence for Convincing: A Qualitative Study. SAGE Open. https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244013490708

Koufogiannakis, D. & Brettle, A. (eds.) (2016). Being Evidence-Based in Library and Information Practice. Facet Publishing: London, UK.

Partridge, H., Edwards, S. L., & Thorpe, C. (2010). Evidence-based practice: Information professionals’ experience of information literacy in the workplace. In A. Lloyd & S. Talja (Eds.). Practising information literacy: Bringing theories of learning, practice and information literacy together. (pp. 273-297). Amsterdam: Chandos. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-1-876938-79-6.50013-3

Thorpe, C., Partridge., & Edwards, S. L. (2008). Are library and information professionals ready for evidence based practice? Paper presented at Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Biennial Conference 2-5 September 2008, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.

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

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.

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