The Steps of EBLIP

Evidence-Based Library and Information Practice, or EBLIP, is a way of practicing librarianship. It is combines a conceptual framework with practical tools that enables librarians to do their jobs more effectively and in a more informed fashion.

Step 1: Formulate a Question

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 2: Find the Evidence

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.

Step 3: Appraise the Evidence

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.

Step 4: Apply the Evidence

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

Step 5: Evaluate the Results

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

Step 6: Disseminate Research

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.