What is EBLIP?

Evidence based librarianship (EBL) is a means to improve the profession of librarianship by asking questions as well as finding, critically appraising and incorporating research evidence from library science (and other disciplines) into daily practice. It also involves encouraging librarians to conduct high quality qualitative and quantitative research.

Crumley, E. and Koufogiannakis, D. (2002). Developing evidence based librarianship: Practical steps for implementation. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 19, 61-70.

Steps of EBLIP

A well-made question will help to focus thoughts and result in more precision when attempting to answer the question. Tools such as PICO and SPICE can help with building an answerable and focused question.

Step beyond the LIS literature. Depending on the question to be answered, research evidence can be found in many different disciplines such as Education, marketing, business, and management. Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research are acceptable evidence. As well, evidence can be found locally, from within one's own practice or organization.

Critical appraisal is the process of assessing and interpreting evidence by systematically considering its relevance, validity and reliability. Critical appraisal is not only an essential part of evidence based library and information practice, but also a handy skill to have when it comes to peer reviewing papers, writing a literature review, or even just reading a research paper. There are a variety of critical appraisal checklists that can help with critical appraisal.

Application can run the gamut from actually implementing something found in the research literature to improving one's knowledge of a situation.

Evaluate to determine if the course of action taken actually made an improvement and personally evalute performance as an evidence based practitioner.

Dissemination can include things like publishing a paper, presenting at a conference, sharing what worked with colleagues, posting to a listserv, writing a blog post, tweeting, etc.

EBLIP Resources

  • Evidence Based Toolkit for Public Libraries (although this is focused on public libraries, the process of EBLIP is transferable across library sectors)
  • The steps of EBLIP are consolidated Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Special Issue on EBL 101. They were published as part of the EBL 101 column. Also included are a variety of research methods presented in a concise, overview style. 
  • EBL Critical Appraisal Checklist created by Lindsey Alcock. This checklist can be used to help to critically appraise a published research article.

The EBLIP Conference

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Past EBLIP Conferences