Library & Information Science Research to Support Librarian’s Professional Development 

As author Neil Gaiman says, “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one”.

Librarians play an essential role in collecting, curating and storing information to enhance the minds of people searching for reliable information for projects, papers, initiatives, and more. Today, librarians do more than that; they navigate increasingly complex information environments and adapt to changes in teaching, learning, and patron’s needs and expectations. 

In this time of rapidly evolving technology, librarians have to stay ahead of new concepts and advancements to continue providing the best information database that meets their patrons’ needs. Students, teachers, administrators, and researchers need reliable and current information to support their work. 

As librarians support their patrons, we support librarians in staying ahead of the game with our collection of library and information science research resources. Whether you want to understand the minds of researchers, the latest trends in academic publishing, inspiration for improvements, or even professional development, this free collection of resources is curated specially for you. 

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Here are some of the research and information you can expect from our curated collection.

Managing budgets in these tough economic times is no easy feat. Organisations cut back on training without realising that training helps to keep them current and relevant. If this sounds too familiar, Stretching the Training Dollar in Stringent Economic Times might be a helpful resource. This research shares three practical strategies to maximise investment in staff training. In addition to maximising training dollars, these strategies also help to improve staff learning and boost morale.

Although the world is healing and moving on from Covid-19, its effects are still felt in many areas. Working from home during the pandemic has given rise to a “new normal”, and this new and online mode has been adapted into many areas of the organisation, for example, in onboarding new employees. The research paper about onboarding in the age of COVID-19 explains the function of onboarding and why it is essential. It also provides best practices for remote onboarding so you can create an effective onboarding experience for new staff.

The pandemic’s demands for remote child education provided significant challenges for women academics. With the implications on childcare, housework, and working from home settings, the researchers were interested to find out about the COVID-19 effect on the gender gap in academic publishing. Although they found no significant gender differences in publication patterns during this time, the study made other interesting discoveries, such as observing more gender balance among authors if the first author is female.

What do libraries and entrepreneurship have in common? Can a non-profit entity, the library, be an entrepreneur? The study Building an entrepreneurial Caribbean university library: practice, possibilities, and lessons highlights practice, opportunities, and lessons, from their case study of a Caribbean university library as they examine the degree to which the library and entrepreneurship harmonise. This study may inspire new practices or improvements in your library.

 Librarians play an enabling role for those who produce or want to use indigenous knowledge and sources of information by acting as depositories, collectors, organisers, distributors, and mediators of information. Libraries and the information profession, especially those in academic or other scholarly institutions, occupy an intriguing position regarding indigenous knowledge and information. Read the study Indigenous Knowledge and the Cultural Interface: underlying issues at the intersection of knowledge and information systems to learn more about how indigenous knowledge is being integrated into formal education around the world.

 This study reports the results of an international survey of researchers from various fields and experiences to understand the Factors influencing researchers’ journal selection decisions. The most significant factors to researchers were: dependability of reviewing, value of reviewers’ comments, reputation of the journal, and assurance that their manuscript is appropriate for the journal.

Access this wide selection of library and information science research curated to stay ahead of trends, support your personal development, and inspire improvements in your library. Library professionals can access the free resources below.

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