Research

In recent years, I have contributed to research projects that have resulted in a number of co-authored publications. Projects related to:

  • examining experiences of evidence-based practice in the LIS profession
  • exploring ways to support for university students located in regional and remote areas, and
  • research in the LIS profession (LISRA project) with the “broad aim of the project is to encourage and enable research culture and practice within the Australian Library and Information Science profession.”

During my last year of the library and information science Masters course, I designed and undertook two research projects:

Exploring evidence sources used to inform library and information practice

This research focused on evidence based practice in library and information science. The purpose was to gain an understanding of the role of evidence in informing library and information practice by identifying the types of evidence used by Australian special librarians and explore influences associated with evidence use in daily practice. It is hoped that this research may contribute to a better understanding of evidence based practice in the LIS profession, raising awareness of the types of evidence used by practitioners.

Innovation in Australian archival institutions: a pilot study

This research sought to gain an insight into current trends and potential for innovation in publicly funded, Australian archival organisations, and explore influences associated with innovation implementation. Capturing a snapshot of current innovation efforts and capabilities, this research aimed to provide some understanding about the extent of innovation in these organisations as they respond to a constantly changing and complex environment. Evidence generated by this small scale study will hopefully ignite conversation and further research to assist publicly funded Australian archival institutions to further embrace innovation.