Register Now! Becoming Evidence Based: A Research in Practice Mini-Conference

Registration is open for Becoming Evidence Based: A Research in Practice Mini-Conference, a half day pre-conference workshop brought to you by the Evidence Based Librarianship Interest Group (EBLIG) held in conjunction with the Canadian Library Association 2010 Conference and Trade Show in Edmonton, Alberta, June 2-5.

Program overview

This event focuses on evidence based practice and its incorporation into professional decision making and will introduce attendees to the current dialogue and research in EBP through contributed papers and discussions.

Keynote presentation

Using Qualitative Evidence in Library and Information Practice
by Lisa M. Given, Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta.

Where does qualitative research “fit” within evidence-based practice? This question forms the basis of many conversations about the nature of evidence in LIS – and in other disciplines that take an evidence-based approach to decision making, policy design and service implementation. As evidence-based practice grows and evolves, so too does our thinking about the nature of qualitative research and its place in shaping “best practices.”  Across disciplines, scholars and practitioners have been developing new ways of assessing and using qualitative research. However, these assessment models have not been without controversy; while some call for the integration of qualitative research into existing hierarchies of evidence, others call for the removal of the qualitative paradigm from systems best suited to clinical/experimental modes of research. What can we learn from these debates? How, then, should LIS professionals integrate qualitative findings into their daily practice? This talk will address these questions and propose possible solutions given the current discourse of qualitative ‘evidence.’

Contributed paper presentations

Using a quick survey to inform library renovation decisions
by Marcus Vaska, Rachel Chan, and Susan Powelson, Health Sciences Library, Libraries and Cultural Resources, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
presented by Susan Powelson.

Making a Website Make Sense: Gathering Evidence through Usability Testing
by Virginia Wilson, SHIRP Coordinator, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Developing librarians’ evidence-based practice (EBP) skills through the Putting Evidence into Practice (PEP) Workshops
by Trish Chatterley, John W. Scott Health Sciences Library, University of Alberta, and Lisa Tjosvold, John W. Scott Health Sciences Library, University of Alberta and ACHORD, Edmonton, Alberta.

General Information

Date and time: Wednesday, June 2nd, from 1-5 p.m.
Location: Stanley A. Milner Branch, Edmonton Public Library (7 Sir Winston Churchill Square)

Registration Fee:
(Includes refreshment break)
  • EBLIG Members: $35.00
  • CLA members: $45.00
  • Non-members: $70.00
For more information and to register, please visit http://www.cla.ca/conference/2010/.

EBLIG invites you to join us for appetizers and drinks following the workshop at the 100 Bar + Kitchen (10009-101A Ave). Please RSVP to Sue Fahey.

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