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Putting research into practice: An exploration of Sheffield iSchool approaches to connecting research with practice

Roberts, A and Madden, AD and Corrall, S (2013) Putting research into practice: An exploration of Sheffield iSchool approaches to connecting research with practice. Library Trends, 61 (3). 479 - 512. ISSN 0024-2594

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Abstract

The relationship between research and practice in the work of members of the University of Sheffield's Information School (iSchool) was examined through a mixed-methods study carried out in two stages. Two focus groups with doctoral students and faculty members explored motivations for undertaking research, views about the impact of research, and the role of social media in its dissemination. Personal enjoyment and pursuit of knowledge for its own sake emerged as strong motivators but were also linked with expressing professional identity and contributing something useful to practice in the field. Differing stakeholder definitions of research impact were perceived as problematic, and multiple channels of communication were advocated, including judicious use of professional and social networks. A content analysis of journal articles written by iSchool faculty collected qualitative and quantitative data on the subject matter, methodology, references, and other dimensions of published output, including statements relating the research to practice. Published outputs highlighted diversity in the methods used, demonstrated collaboration with practitioners in conducting and communicating research, and identified five distinct ways of connecting research with practice. The study concludes with ten recommendations for strengthening the research-practice relationship in library and information studies. © 2013 The Board of Trustees, University of Illinois.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Roberts, A
Madden, AD
Corrall, S
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
AuthorRoberts, Angharadangharad.roberts@sheffield.ac.ukUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
AuthorMadden, Andrew D.a.d.madden@sheffield.ac.ukUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
AuthorCorrall, Sheilascorrall@pitt.eduSCORRALL0000-0001-5591-6524
Date: 1 January 2013
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Library Trends
Volume: 61
Number: 3
Page Range: 479 - 512
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1353/lib.2013.0006
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0024-2594
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Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2013 20:45
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2018 19:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18947

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