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1991: Applying Research to Practice


Allerton Park Institute Proceedings (no. 33, 1991); Edited by Leigh S. Estabrook

The Allerton Park Conference on "Applying Research to Practice" marked the anniversary of the founding of the Library Research Center 30 years earlier. The Library Research Center (LRC) was established in 1961 by Robert Downs with an LSCA grant from the Illinois State Library for the purpose of establishing an experimental center for research related to public library development. That early grant helped shape the LRC's ongoing concern for conducting research that can be applied directly to solving problems of practice.

In this age of declining resources with constant demands for accountability and productivity, an increasing number of librarians have become researchers and use research in their work. As a result, the LRC has assumed a larger teaching role. On behalf of the Illinois State Library and other professional associations, its staff have led workshops for practicing librarians on such topics as data collection, community analysis, and statistical methods. This Allerton Conference was developed as part of that teaching mission. Papers were focused on topics that could help participants become better consumers of research, understand new ways in which research can help their libraries, and be more informed collaborators in the research process. Participants in the conference also had the opportunity to meet informally to discuss research problems in their individual libraries. Unfortunately, we have no way to represent the important content of these discussions in this printed volume.

The complete text of the Institute is available here as well as the individual papers. The papers included here are:

The Proceedings of the Allerton Park Institute have been digitized through the Open Content Alliance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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