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LIRG at the CILIP Conference 2018

Posted By Alan J. Turner, 26 June 2018

It’s conference season! The CILIP conference is now less than a month away and LIRG have an active role.  

Library & Information Research Group reps will be around on stand 22 on Thursday 5th July @13:20–13:50.

LIRG chaired Session: The ‘evidence’ in evidence based practice @15.50 – Thursday 5th July

What is research evidence? - Dr Diane Rasmussen Pennington
“It is time to dispel the myth that only ‘researchers’ or ‘academics’ in the information profession can and should do research.” 

Collecting and using evidence routinely across health libraries - Jenny Turner
“Could the evidence collected and used locally be collated and used nationally?"

Evidencing impact through the analysis of focus group data - Leo Appleton
“This presentation will provide a brief background to a PhD research project entitled: ‘The value and impact of public libraries within the Information Society: their contribution to citizenship development’.”

Chair: Alison Brettle

For full details see the website:

If anyone who would like to write up these session and maybe take some photos for the blog, please do let us know.

We hope everyone will enjoy an engaging conference, and remember to come back from the beach after lunch! 


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Winner of a FREE place at the CILIP Conference 2018

Posted By LIRG Committee, 23 April 2018
And the winner is… Kamilla Brown! Earlier in April the LIRG Committee offered a chance to win a FREE place at the CILIP Conference 2018. Kamilla Brown from Cardiff University wrote the winning 100 word statement and will be attending The CILIP Conference in Brighton on July 4-5th. We can look forward to Kamilla’s blog report. Congratulations again, and commiserations to those who were unsuccessful, we hope you will still be able to attend and engage with social media around the conference. #CILIPConf18 Image credits: winner by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images

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WIN a place at CILIP Conference 2018! #CILIPConf18

Posted By Alan J. Turner, 06 April 2018

WIN a place at Cilip Conference 2018! #CILIPConf18

The LIRG Committee is very pleased to offer you a chance to win a
FREE place at the CILIP Conference 2018! #CILIPConf18

To enter with a chance to win, please email a 100 word statement to stating why you should be selected to attend on behalf of LIRG. 

The deadline is midnight on the 18th April, and winners will be contacted on the 20th April.

Priority will be given to anyone who has not attended a CILIP conference and/or has difficulty attending for financial reasons. The winning statement will be selected from a panel of Committee members.

Please include CILIP Conference 2018 Competition in the subject and provide full name and contact details.

The winner will be expected to attend both days of the conference and either engage with the conference through social media and/or write a blog post for the LIRG blog.

Please note, accommodation & travel to the event is not included.



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Evaluate and win!

Posted By Georgina A. Tarrant, 30 December 2017

Your chance to win Amazon vouchers worth £20!

Win written in scrabble tiles

The Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) have recently launched "Introduction to Research Skills" a three-part tutorial on CILIP’s VLE. These online tutorials are designed to help you get involved in research. Packed with top tips and information on how to start your research, the tutorials also feature useful guides and activities.

We would like your feedback on our tutorials. Anyone who evaluates the tutorials has the option to enter a prize draw to win one of three £20 Amazon vouchers. The evaluation period will close at the end of February 2018. Winners will be drawn at the next LIRG committee meeting in March.

You can enrol on the LIRG tutorial via the CILIP VLE and after completing the tutorials you can evaluate them via the following website:

All feedback will be anonymous and will used to improve the tutorials.

What are you waiting for? You’ve got to be in it to win it!

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Back to school: our new research tutorials on CILIP's VLE

Posted By CILIP Webmaster, 07 October 2017

Back to school: our new research tutorials on CILIP's VLE

Have you enrolled for professional registration? Are you new to research, or would you just like to enhance your skills?

If so, our new tutorials are just what you need.

The tutorials can be accessed from the CILIP VLE homepage.

The course covers three main areas:

  • Making research approachable: how can research help you in your role?
  • How to plan research: what do you need to consider?
  • Doing research

The course also supports the following areas of the PKSB:

  • 4.1 – understanding research
  • 12.5 - communication skills
  • 9.4 – demonstrating value

Do you want to know the answer to “Why should I do research”? This course might help you to discover the answer.

So what are you waiting for? Register online ready for the new term.

And finally... don't forget your new pencil case and scented felt tip pens!


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Measuring up for success

Posted By CILIP Webmaster, 07 October 2017

Measuring up for success

A practical guide to demonstrating your value and impact to stakeholders

4 July 2017, Manchester Metropolitan University

What is meant by ‘value’ in the library and information industry? How can information professionals working across a variety of services show impact and value in ways that convince stakeholders? Who are our stakeholders anyway? Working out ways to measure value is a challenge for all of us. This workshop, led by Prof. Alison Brettle and Dr Carolynn Rankin, was designed to equip attendees with some tools and principles to help drive such work.

Attendees came from across the sector and comprised, academic, public, health, schools and specialist librarians. Using group working, the workshop encouraged participants to identify and share the outcomes they expected to achieve, to think about what evidence they could capture and measure, to plot stakeholder relationships affected, and finally the measures that might be used to establish effectiveness.

The evidence we can capture can be obvious: usage statistics, emails, social media ‘likes’ or replies might tell us something about perceptions of current levels of service. We can look for more hidden evidence as well. What tacit knowledge underpins what we do, and why we do it? If a key incident has prompted a service review, what story do we tell about it? From what point of view, and what can that tell us about our service, and our ability to respond? Collecting direct observations in this way can lead to practical and measurable ways to respond to their causes. To be really effective, these stories need to be broken down to help make sense of such them.

To do this, we used two models. The first was an outcomes grid to break down tasks into key stakeholder interests. The idea behind an outcomes grid is simple: first, break down your task or case into stages to form rows in a spreadsheet:

  • What is the motive/reason for this task/case?
  • The desired outcome (which might not be the actual outcome)
  • Possible measures that might be of interest
  • The measures developed and applied to the project (questionnaires, statistics, etc.)

Next, add as many columns as needed for each stakeholder, forming a grid. The idea is to identify what value each stakeholder would see at each stage of the case you are proposing. What investment might they have in each of the four stages? Once you have identified those, you can think about how you will measure them. For example, in relation to measuring Information Literacy effectiveness, a student might see a particular grade improvement as a desired outcome; a head of library services might see the improved profile and reputation of the library as a desirable outcome. Though related to each other, they will be measured in different ways.

Promoting value in LIS research

Table showing the stakeholder grid.

This process helped me to better appreciate the wider role of each stakeholder at each stage, as well as spot practical questions to address.

The other tool applied used in the workshop was a logic model. The key difference from the first model was its ability to identify consequence. A logic model seeks to show how movement through a series of steps will deliver a particular outcome. This is often known as the if/then principle (‘if’ we do this, ‘then’ this will occur). This had the advantage of making the proposed impact measures seem meaningful by showing how they will be delivered. There is more on these models in the NHS Knowledge for Healthcare toolkit.

As I worked with these models, I realised that they don’t have to be used in isolation. The scenario I worked on in the workshop was on improving the capture of information showing the impact of information literacy (IL) on students (hard to get at the best of times). I began to think about other frameworks related to IL that I could cross-reference with the logic model being produced, and this helped deliver a more coherent plan.

This workshop is invaluable to the more isolated sections of our workforce, such as school librarians, who face very real pressures to demonstrate their impact. I also saw a need to break away from some of the inward-looking habits we can all too easily fall into and develop a more outward-looking and engaged mindset for showing impact.

There is lots more to be found on measuring impact, identifying stakeholder interests and logic models using your CILIP online journal subscription to ProQuest Library Science.

Roy Vickers

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Evidence and evaluation: Practical tips demonstrating your value to stakeholders

Posted By CILIP Webmaster, 07 October 2017

Evidence and evaluation:  Practical tips demonstrating your value to stakeholders

CILIP conference time is here again! This year's conference is being held in industrious Manchester but before you get excited about the conference itself, we'd like you to know that LIRG are holding a workshop the day before the conference.

Measuring up for success: A practical guide to demonstrating your value and impact to stakeholders

The 'Measuring for success' workshop is free for LIRG members and we will be holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM) immediately following the workshop. The workshop is open to CILIP and non-CILIP members.

Evidence and evaluation are essential tools in demonstrating value

The strongest arguments are those that are supported by carefully compiled evidence. Telling stakeholders that your service is valuable and necessary is not as effective a message if you can't provide evidence to back up your claim.

Presenting evidence to stakeholders that clearly demonstrates:

  • The value of your service
  • Evaluates service performance
  • Communicates your findings an important part of illustrating value, keeping information services open and allowing them to evolve for the future.

If you can demonstrate the value of your service in this way then you will be empowered.

Sign up for our workshop if you would like to understand more about using evidence from your research to demonstrate value to stakeholders.

We hope that our workshop will prove useful for all attendees.

Details of the workshop

Date: Tuesday 4 July 2017
Time: 1.30 - 3.15pm followed by refreshments and LIRG AGM at 3.30pm
Location: Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints Campus, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6BH
Room: Business School, Room BS 3.21

Further information

This workshop is now fully booked, but please contact Mark Burgess for further information.

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Welcome to Research into Practice, the brand new blog from the Library and Information Research Group (LIRG)

Posted By CILIP Webmaster, 07 October 2017

Welcome to Research into Practice, the brand new blog from the Library and Information Research Group (LIRG)

In this blog, we will be posting articles every month on a broad range of topics in library and information research.

The aim of our blog is to keep our members up to date with current library and information research news, share ideas and expertise and to explore the ways in which library and information research can be put into practice.

We will be highlighting:

· Activities that we are involved with

· Expanding on LIRG events and providing summaries

· Talking about topics covered in our group journal Library and Information Research (LIR) and linking to articles

· Commenting on library and information events

· Announcing the winners of our library and information research awards

Research is constantly evolving and we hope that our blog posts will reflect that.

The blog is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with LIRG. You might like to write a guest post on a library and information research topic that inspires you or tell us how you have put research into practice in your workplace.

The launch of our blog coincides with the 2017 CILIP Conference and with our workshop:

Measuring up for success. A practical guide to demonstrating your value and impact to stakeholders

Future posts will feature both the Conference and our workshop so watch this space.

We hope you will enjoy reading and contributing to our blog.

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