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RiLIES Project

Initial Poll

The RiLIES2 project

We are carrying out this poll as part of the LIS Research Coalition RiLIES2 project (http://lisresearch.org/rilies-project/). The project's goal is to produce research resources and training material to support librarians and information scientists use published research in their work, and where appropriate, to help librarians and information scientists and professionals carry out their research. It follows on from RiLIES1 which explored the extent to which funded librarianship research projects influence library practice in the UK. There are more details on the project at the end of the survey.

This survey forms the first stage of the project. Its purpose is to find out which of the existing resources that support librarians and information scientists use and/or conduct research are (a) well used and/or (b) respected.

This single screen survey is aimed at Library and Information Science (LIS) professionals who are based in the UK, but if you live in another country, we would still be interested in your answers.

Part 1: Assessment of existing resources

We are keen not to replicate existing provision of training and support materials in our project. Below we list a number of existing electronic resources identified from our earlier study and desk research. Please could you share your experience of them.

Throughout, questions that require an answer are marked with a*.

1. Knowledge and experience of resources *This question is required.
Space Cell Never heard of itHeard of it but not used itAccessed but not found to be usefulAccessed and found to be useful
ALA Research and statistics web pages which includes guidance on: (a) Doing quantitative research (b) Project assessment and evaluation (c) Data gathering and evaluation. The pages are maintained by the ALA's Reference and User Services Association. *This question is required
BAILER Resource links. Web page of links maintained by the British Association for Library Education and Research. *This question is required
Digital library of Information Science Technology (dLIST). Cross-institutional, subject-based, open access digital archive for the Information Sciences. *This question is required
Blogs: For example lisresearch.org, Phil Bradley's blog – please use the comments box below to name those most useful to you. *This question is required
DREaM project conference and workshop materials. Training resources generated as part of the Developing Research Excellence and Methods project. *This question is required
DREaM Online Community. Online community of UK Library and Information Science researchers brought together by the Developing Research Excellence and Methods project. *This question is required
Electronic resources for research methods. Web page of links formerly maintained by Professor Tom Wilson of Sheffield University. *This question is required
E-LIS. International open access archive for e-prints related to Librarianship, Information Science and Technology. *This question is required
Evidence Based Library and Information Journal. Journal web site and archive set up to provide a forum for librarians and information professionals to discover research that may contribute to decision making in professional practice. *This question is required
HEALER Research Toolkit. Online toolkit to help librarians in the health sector in conducting research projects. *This question is required
KnowledgeHub. Local Government Association supported set of online tools and spaces designed to build communities for shared learning. *This question is required
JISC mailing lists. For example LIS-LINK, LIS-LIRG – please use the comments box below to name those most useful to you. *This question is required
Library and Information Research (LIR) Journal. Journal of CILIP's Library and Information Research Group (LIRG). *This question is required
Library and Information Research Group (LIRG). Web site of CILIP's Library and Information Research Group (LIRG). *This question is required
Library and Information Research Group researcher database. Database of UK LIS researchers and projects maintained by CILIP's Library and Information Research Group. *This question is required
LinkedIn Group: Library and information research methods. LinkedIn group set up by David Haynes for those interested in LIS research methods. *This question is required
Library and Information Science Research Coalition web site. Web pages of the UK Library and Information Science Research Coalition. *This question is required
RD Info. Research project flowchart and checklist. *This question is required
Twitter feeds: For example @LISResearch – please use the comments in the box below to add any others. *This question is required

Part 2: Ideas for spreading our results

A goal of this project is to produce a number of training and support materials. Your answers to the questions in this section will help us determine the best way to publicise our work, and the type of materials we should develop.

4. Disseminating the results of the project *This question is required.Please could you rate the value of the following as means of disseminating the results of our project?
Space Cell EssentialVery usefulCould be usefulNot much useIrrelevant
Workshop led by the project team aimed at researcher-practitioners *This question is required
PowerPoint presentation template for others to use in conferences and workshops *This question is required
Tweets (through @LIS_RiLIES) and blog posts at www.lisresearch.org *This question is required
Academic papers *This question is required
Short formal project report *This question is required
6. Creating or linking to legacy resources *This question is required.We already have some ideas of the sorts of materials to produce. However, we would like to check whether they will be useful to our intended audience of researchers and practitioners. How useful would you find any of the following resources:
Space Cell EssentialVery usefulCould be usefulNot much useIrrelevant
A commitment to the long term maintenance of a domain for holding and sharing relevant resources *This question is required
Poster (PDF) – A1 for printing and hanging on office wall *This question is required
An online community platform for discussion and sharing news and ideas – eg using Knowledgehub for public sector workers *This question is required
Sample content for research documents e.g. impact requirements for Calls for Proposals, section for inclusion in proposals, essentials for executive summaries in reports *This question is required
A regularly updated directory of relevant resources *This question is required

Part 3: About you

9. Stage in your career *This question is required.
10. Would you say your role is primarily... *This question is required.
11. How many years have you worked in Library and Information Services *This question is required.
12. In which sector do you work? *This question is required.

Please tell us if you would like to recommend any other Twitter accounts or hashtags, blog or other online resource that we should know about. Any other feedback would be welcome too.

In return, we would recommend that you follow @LISResearch and @LIS_RiLIES and follow the blog at http://www.lisresearch.org

Part 4: Keeping in touch (optional)

The information you provide here will only be used during the period of the RiLIES project. We will only use the contact details we gather (a) for project updates and (b) to ask if you would like to take part in further research as part of this project (eg focus groups).

All the answers in this section are optional.

We'll need this if you would like us to get in touch to invite you to take part in the project work or to tell you about the project's results. This question requires a valid email address.
If you supply this, we may follow your account from @LIS_RiLIES
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