What is EBLIP?

Back in 2002, when evidence based library and information practice (EBLIP) was refered to as evidence based librarianship, three definitions emerged.

1. From the UK:

Evidence based librarianship (EBL) is an approach to information science that promotes the collection, interpretation, and integration of valid, important and applicable user reported, librarian observed, and research derived evidence. The best available evidence moderated by user needs and preferences is applied to improve the quality of professional judgments.

(Booth, 2002)

2. From the US:

Evidence based librarianship (EBL) seeks to improve library practice by utilising the best available evidence in conjunction with a pragmatic perspective developed from working experiences in librarianship. The best available evidence might be produced from either quantitative or qualitative research designs, depending upon the EBL question posed, although EBL encourages using more rigorous forms over less rigorous forms of evidence when making decisions.

(Eldredge, 2002)

3. From Canada:

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 and Koufogiannakis, 2002)

All three are very similar. C-EBLIP recognizes the Crumley/Koufogiannakis definition as being the only one that incorporates encouraging librarians to conduct high quality research to inform their evidence based practice.

Booth, A. (2002). From EBM to EBL: Two steps forward or one step back? Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 21(3), 51-64.

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

Eldredge, J. D. (2002). Evidence based librarianship: An overview. Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, 88(4), 289-302.