Evidence-based Practice for Information Professionals: A Handbook

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Andrew Booth, Anne Brice
Facet, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 304 pages
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Evidence-based practice is a paradigm that originated within healthcare but is rapidly migrating to other fields. It involves applying the results from rigorous research studies to professional practice in order to improve the quality of services to clients. Familiarity with these methods has caused an increasing number of information professionals to turn a critical eye to their own practice. Is it possible to adapt this model to librarianship and information work? To what extent are its skills and techniques transferable to the various areas of professional practice? Is it desirable for information professionals to integrate research findings into their day-to-day decision-making?These and other related issues are discussed in this book, the first to examine this key topic in depth. It is divided into three parts: The Context for Evidence-based practice; Skills And Resources for Evidence-based Information Practice; and Using the Evidence Base in Practice. This last part explores each of the six domains of evidence-based librarianship identified in research, to demonstrate the application of evidence-based information practice in a practical decision-making context.These chapters with their associated Special Topics present concise summaries of evidence-based information practice within generic areas of work, together with practical examples of the application of evidence-based principles and methods.Supported by a wealth of case studies drawn from a wide range of sectors, these contributions from leading-edge professionals cover the following key issues:• why evidence-based information practice?• a brief history of evidence-based practice• how good is the evidence base?• why don't librarians use research?• formulating answerable questions• identifying sources of evidence and searching the LIS literature• appraising the evidence• applying evidence to everyday practice and evaluating your performance• disseminating the lessons of evidence-based practice• examining the evidence base for reference services and enquiry work• the contribution of evidence-based practice to educational activities• towards evidence-based management• evidence-based perspectives on information access and retrieval• introducing an evidence-based approach to marketing and promotional activities.Readership: This book is of wide interest to all new and established information professionals, both those in fields such as healthcare where the evidence-based paradigm is already impacting on their work, and those in other fields encountering it for the first time. It is a core text in departments of library and information work.

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A brief history of evidencebased practice
How good is the evidence base?
Why dont librarians use research?

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Andrew Booth BA(Hons) MSc DipLib MCLIP is Director of Information Resources and Senior Lecturer in Evidence-based Healthcare at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield. Andrew is an experienced trainer of end users and NHS librarians, and has developed the ADEPT course for teaching evidence-based principles throughout six NHS regions. In 2003 he chaired the International Programme Committee for the second Evidence-based Librarianship Conference in Edmonton, Canada, and is chair of the CILIP Health Libraries Group Research Working Party. He is on the editorial boards of Evidence-based Healthcare and Health Information and Libraries Journal. 
Anne Brice BA(Hons) DipLib MCLIP is Head of Knowledge and Information Sciences at the Public Health Resource Unit, Oxford. Anne is seconded to the National electronic Library for Health (NeLH), where she is responsible for the development of the Specialist Libraries programme, building knowledge networks and communities of practice around specialist health care domains. Anne developed the CASP Finding the Evidence training programme for enhancing the teaching and learning skills of librarians, and has a long held interest in continuing professional development. She is on the editorial board of Hypothesis.

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