The Library and Information Science Research Coalition was established in 2009 to facilitate a co-ordinated and strategic approach to LIS research across the UK. It’s well worth taking a good look at through its website to see what it has achieved so far and its plans for the rest of this year. COLICO, the Committee for Library Co-operation in Ireland, of which LISC NI is a funding member, is an associate member of the Coalition and sends me as its representative to the Coalition board meetings.
The Coalition is now undertaking a review of its value and impact and in support of this has launched an online survey. If you have any involvement or interest in research, how it is funded, how research skills and capacity can be improved across the sector or how research translates into practice then do take a few minutes to complete the survey. With library services of all types under threat it’s all the more important that we can develop and access good quality research evidence that will help us in advocating for our services.