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From a network model to a model network: strategies for network development to narrow the LIS research-practice gap

Hall, Hazel; Ryan, Bruce; Salzano, Rachel; Stephen, Katherine

Authors

Hazel Hall



Abstract

PURPOSE: The purpose of the empirical study was to examine whether strategies shown to work well in one model of network development for Library and Information Science (LIS) practitioners and researchers can be applied successfully in the development of a new network.
DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH: The 32 members of a new network were surveyed by questionnaire following the completion of a programme of four network events held between 2019 and 2021.
FINDINGS: The analysis demonstrates the transferability of the existing model of network development to a new network, and that it can be successfully adapted for online delivery of network events and activities.
ORIGINALITY: This contribution on means of growing collaborative networks to narrow the LIS research-practice gap stands out in contrast with prior research that tends to focus the support of research productivity of academic librarians in North American universities for the purposes of career development. Here wider aspects of research engagement are considered of value for LIS practitioners from a range of sectors and institutions, beyond North America, for purposes that are broader than personal advancement.
PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS: The criteria deployed for the evaluation of the new network could be deployed in other similar settings. Funding bodies can also use these findings as demonstration of the value of their investment in network grants.

Citation

Hall, H., Ryan, B., Salzano, R., & Stephen, K. (in press). From a network model to a model network: strategies for network development to narrow the LIS research-practice gap. Journal of Documentation, https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-04-2022-0088

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 27, 2022
Online Publication Date Nov 18, 2022
Deposit Date Sep 28, 2022
Publicly Available Date Sep 28, 2022
Journal Journal of Documentation
Print ISSN 0022-0418
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-04-2022-0088
Keywords collaboration, evaluation, network, research-practice gap, researchers, practitioners, librarians, researchers
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/2925285

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