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Facets of DREaM: a social network analysis exploring network development in the UK LIS research community.

Cooke, Louise; Hall, Hazel


Louise Cooke

Hazel Hall


Purpose: This paper reviews the value of Social Network Analysis (SNA) as a method appropriate to LIS research. SNA is used to investigate the effectiveness of a framework of methods adopted by the DREaM project to develop researcher-practitioner networks. Design/methodology/approach: Following review of literature on SNA, the paper reports longitudinal research from a whole population sample of the DREaM cadre of LIS researchers. Data were collected using a questionnaire at the start of the first DREaM project workshop, and at the final workshop. Data were analysed using Ucinet 6 software, and network diagrams were visualised using the Netdraw package. Findings: Findings demonstrate that the combination of linked workshops and use of social media throughout the DREaM project was successful in increasing the density of the researcher networks, forging new connections among participants. SNA was found to be a useful technique in investigating network development. Research limitations/implications: There is scope for further longitudinal research to investigate the sustainability and strength of the new network links forged. Originality/value: The use of SNA in the context of the development of researcher networks is novel in LIS research. The findings from this project indicate the potential of the DREaM methodology as a replicable framework for developing further research networks in other contexts. This paper represents a unique contribution in demonstrating through the use of SNA the extent of the extension of research networks afforded by the DREaM methodology.


Cooke, L., & Hall, H. (2013). Facets of DREaM: a social network analysis exploring network development in the UK LIS research community. Journal of Documentation, 69(6), 786-806.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 12, 2012
Publication Date Oct 14, 2013
Deposit Date Mar 20, 2013
Publicly Available Date May 1, 2017
Journal Journal of Documentation
Print ISSN 0022-0418
Electronic ISSN 1758-7379
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 69
Issue 6
Pages 786-806
Keywords Social Network Analysis; SNA; Library and Information Research Coalition; practitioner researchers;
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