Assessing the impact of evidence summaries in library and information practice

Kloda, Lorie Andrea and Koufogiannakis, Denise and Brettle, Alison Assessing the impact of evidence summaries in library and information practice. Library and Information Research, 2014, vol. 38, n. 119. [Journal article (Unpaginated)]

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Objective This study developed, validated and administered an instrument to investigate the impact of research evidence summaries published in the journal, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. Methods Using the critical incident technique, this mixed methods study began by developing and testing a survey questionnaire, disseminating it to readers of the journal and conducting follow-up interviews with a subsample. Findings A total of 86 practitioners responded to the survey and 13 took part in interviews. Evidence summaries led to impact at four levels: librarian knowledge, librarian practice, workplace practice, and library users. The instrument was revised as a result of the findings. Conclusion This study provides unique insight into whether evidence summaries are an effective means of bridging the research-practice gap for the library community and its scholarly communication channels. The validated impact assessment instrument may also be adapted for other means of disseminating research in library and information practice.

Item type: Journal article (Unpaginated)
Keywords: library and information studies librarians evidence-based librarianship evidence-based practice evidence summaries
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information > BA. Use and impact of information.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BG. Information dissemination and diffusion.
C. Users, literacy and reading. > CB. User studies.
Depositing user: Lorie A. Kloda
Date deposited: 12 Mar 2015 20:08
Last modified: 12 Mar 2015 20:08


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