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Library and Information Research
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ISSN (Print) 0141-6561 - ISSN (Online) 1756-1086
Published by CILIP Homepage  [1 journal]
  • Editorial: Research methodology in library and information studies (LIS)
           2018: Part Two

    • Authors: Judith Broady-Preston
      Pages: 1 - 4
      PubDate: 2018-08-02
      DOI: 10.29173/lirg782
      Issue No: Vol. 42, No. 126 (2018)
  • Emergence of a new method: The Grounded Delphi method

    • Authors: Katherine Jane Howard
      Pages: 5 - 31
      Abstract: This paper reports on the Grounded Delphi method (GDM), a relatively new methodological extension of the Delphi method, achieved by incorporating aspects of Grounded Theory, as used in a recent doctoral dissertation. The research explored the skills, knowledge, qualities and professional education needs of information professionals in galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM) in Australia, with a view to determining relevant educational requirements to enable information professionals to operate across these blurred cultural heritage boundaries. Implications of using GDM for LIS research, and for research methods in general, is that it improves the rigour of theory building in Delphi studies, while the consensus, or force ranking, aspect of Delphi assists in improving the relevant level of importance of categories derived from Grounded Theory.
      PubDate: 2018-08-02
      DOI: 10.29173/lirg746
      Issue No: Vol. 42, No. 126 (2018)
  • Approaches for investigating university libraries as learning

    • Authors: Saowapha Limwichitr, Judith Broady-Preston, David Ellis
      Pages: 32 - 71
      Abstract: This paper presents research approaches for investigating the development of university libraries into learning organisations, using Thailand as a case study. Whilst the concept of the learning organisation has been in existence since 1970s, it remains problematic. Current debate centres on the lack of an agreed definition of the concept coupled with difficulties in implementing and measuring the extent to which organisations become transformed into learning organisations. These three main strands of debate are examined holistically in the study. Several studies employ a positivist perspective. This research adopts an interpretivist perspective to investigate the issues, given the need to investigate the extent of a shared understanding of the concept within university libraries, together with management practices, problems and a rationale for the development of learning organisations. This is a qualitative study, employing document analysis, semi-structured interviews, and observation. Triangulation was used to corroborate data derived from the multiple methods and increase validity and credibility of the research findings.
      PubDate: 2018-08-02
      DOI: 10.29173/lirg748
      Issue No: Vol. 42, No. 126 (2018)
  • Methodologies for conducting research in an indigenous context

    • Authors: Spencer Lilley
      Pages: 72 - 94
      Abstract: This article introduces researchers in the library and information sciences to indigenous research methods by describing the context of indigenous peoples and how their indigeneity is defined. It also outlines why these methodologies are important and by describing a series of guiding principles, how the methods can be applied in indigenous research settings. An important aspect of the article is the consideration of whether non-indigenous researchers can be effectively users of the methodologies outlined. The use of indigenous research methods in New Zealand through kaupapa Māori methods are provided as a case study.
      PubDate: 2018-08-02
      DOI: 10.29173/lirg751
      Issue No: Vol. 42, No. 126 (2018)
  • Towards a Model for the Evaluation and Planning of the Development of
           Education for Library, Archive and Information Services

    • Authors: Ian Martin Johnson
      Pages: 95 - 142
      Abstract: The absence of an appropriate theoretical framework for understanding and assessing influences on the development of education for library, archive and information work is reflected in a literature that is largely experiential rather than soundly grounded in empirical studies. Any development involves the introduction of innovations, and requires effective management. Drawing on theories on the management of change, the communication of ideas and the transfer of innovations, and incorporating the contextual evidence base suggested by comparative methodologies, this paper presents an analysis of the wide range of factors that need to be considered. A model developed from Porter’s ‘Value Chain’ theory provides a framework within which these factors could be considered not only in evaluating past developments in the field, but also in planning future innovations; a model that is arguably as relevant in professional practice in library, archive, and information work as in LIS education.
      PubDate: 2018-08-02
      DOI: 10.29173/lirg757
      Issue No: Vol. 42, No. 126 (2018)
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