Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP, formerly Evidence Based Librarianship):
“focuses on methods for resolving daily problems in the profession through the integration of experience and research. It involves asking questions, finding information to answer them (or conducting one’s own research) and applying that knowledge to our practice.” (Koufogiannakis, D., & Crumley, E. (2002). Evidence-based librarianship. Feliciter, 48(3), 112-114.).
Evidence Based Library and Information Practice can thus be seen both as a finishing point for a research project in terms of applying the results of previously conducted research, and a starting point in identifying an unmet need for further research.
Putting your findings into practice is easier if the environment for change is right. You’ve already taken steps to ensure your environment is ready for change by working with users to identify their research priorities and research questions (Step 1), and aligned your research question (Step 1) to your organisational strategy and key stakeholders. Most recently you’ve also disseminating your project findings in face-to-face meetings within your Trust (Step 9). All these steps can help build a receptive audience and work environment to make the changes recommended in your research.
- Eldredge, J. D., Marshall, J. G., Brettle, A., Holmes, H., Haglund, L., & Wallace, R. (2016). Health libraries. In D. Koufogiannakis & A. Brettle (Eds.), Being evidence based in library and information practice. London: Facet Publishing. This chapter presents two case studies of how health librarians have translated EBLIP into practice.
- Wilson, V. (2016). Practitioner-researchers and EBLIP. In D. Koufogiannakis & A. Brettle (Eds.), Being evidence based in library and information practice. London: Facet Publishing. This chapter explores some of the challenges you might face as a practitioner-researcher.
- Koufogiannakis, D., & Brettle, A. (Eds.). (2016). Being evidence based in library and information practice. London: Facet Publishing. A useful reference book on how you can use and create research evidence, including examples of successful implementation.
- Connor, E. (2007). Evidence-based librarianship: case studies and active learning exercises. Oxford: Chandos Publishing. Presents case studies of evidence based library and information practice within academic libraries.
- Booth, A., & Brice, A. (2004). Evidence-based practice for information professionals: a handbook. London: Facet Publishing. A detailed review of evidence-based practice including its use in professional practice.
Congratulations, you’ve now completed the ten steps of the Research Toolkit; it’s time to develop your next research idea!