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How To Use Research in Practice [Webinar]

Webinar held May 30, 2018


Evidenced based library and information practice (EBLIP) evolved from evidence based medicine two decades ago when a group of health sciences librarians thought that the process they saw doctors using had something to offer librarianship. Since then, EBLIP has shifted and evolved. EBLIP can be used in any type of library to assist with decision-making, aid in developing policy, and support decisions, requests, and procedures. EBLIP is a way of working that incorporates various types of information into decision-making. The benefit of practicing in an evidence based way is that not only can decision-making be improved upon but also it can increase confidence when there is appropriate evidence to support decisions. This webinar will take participants through the steps of EBLIP in such a way that you can begin to incorporate EBLIP into your practice right away. Then, we will look at specific uses of EBLIP and explore how you can incorporate evidence based practice at your own workplace.


Virginia Wilson is the Director of the Centre for Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (C-EBLIP) at the University Library, University of Saskatchewan (U of S), Canada ( C-EBLIP supports U of S librarians as researchers, promotes evidence based library and information practice (EBLIP), and provides avenues for all librarians who conduct research to communicate, collaborate, and share. Virginia’s MLIS is from the University of Alberta and she has an MA in English from the University of Toronto. Her library work has included positions in a public library, in a special health library within an academic institution, and now at the University. Her research interests include EBLIP, librarians as researchers, and the changing face of scholarly communication. Virginia has worked within the EBLIP framework for 14 years and believes that this way of working can be adopted by any library worker in any library setting to improve decision-making and increase confidence that the best decision has been made.