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:
- Introduction - Leigh Stewart Estabrook
- Research For Change: Creating Strategic Futures For Public Libraries - Glen E. Holt
- Use Of Statistics In Management Decisions - Keith Curry Lance And Katy Sherlock
- Evaluation Strategies - Nancy A. Van House
- Perils And Pitfalls Of Survey Research - Joe L. Spaeth
- Affecting Librarianship In Action: The Dissemination And Communication Of Research Findings - Jane B. Robbins
- Ivory Tower Or Temple Of Doom: Some Questions Concerning The Application Of Research - Margaret Mary Kimmel
- Choosing Research Methodologies Appropriate To Your Research Focus - J. R. Bradley
- When Is A Problem A Research Problem? - Blaise Cronin
- Roles In The Research Process - Debra Wilcox Johnson
- Getting Your Money's Worth: Negotiating With Research Agencies - Dwight F. Burlingame
- The W. K. Kellogg Foundation And Human Resource Development In Information Science - Gail D. Mcclure
Funding Priorities And Funding Strategies - W. David Penniman
The Proceedings of the Allerton Park Institute have been digitized through the Open Content Alliance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
(Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1992)Evaluation is used for two major purposes: internal decision making and communication with the external environment. An organization may need very different approaches and strategies for these two. Much of the work that ...
(Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1992)The various stages of a survey sampling, questionnaire design, and data collection all present potential problems. Decisions about sampling include the type and size of the sample as well as the selection of the population ...
(Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1992)Issues and problems related to and techniques for improving communication between practitioners and researchers in librarianship are presented. The underlying assumption of this essay is that research, when designed ...
When planning a funding request, librarians must understand the societal forces affecting a library's parent institution and the forces affecting the library as a social system as well as a technical system. Before ...
Human resource development in information science is an "emerging program priority area" for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and hence a potential area for funding by the Foundation. By understanding how foundations like ...