May 17, 2022

New Article: “The Researcher Librarian Partnership: Building a Culture of Research”

The following article appears in the latest issue of Library and Information Research.


The Researcher Librarian Partnership: Building a Culture of Research


Helen Partridge
Queensland University of Technology

Insa Haidn
Queensland University of Technology

Terry Weech
University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign

Lynn Silipigni Connaway
OCLC Research

Michael Seadle
Berlin School for Library and Information Science


Library and Information Research
Vol 38, No 118 (2014)


Increasingly, the library and information science (LIS) practitioner is being challenged to incorporate research into the context of their professional work. This paper reports on the Researcher-Librarian Partnership, a research-mentoring programme that was initiated by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. Six new LIS practitioners within their first seven years of professional practice took part in the programme. Each was partnered with an experienced LIS researcher who provided mentoring and support. During the 12-month programme the new professionals designed and implemented a research project on a topic of interest. This paper outlines the details of the programme providing observations on how research mentoring can be a powerful way to ensure all stakeholders – practitioners, educators and professional associations – can plan an active role in supporting the development of a research culture within the profession.

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