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Title:Applying research to practice : how to use data collection and research to improve library management decision making (Papers presented at the Allerton Park Institute held October October 27-29, 1991)
Contributor(s):Estabrook, Leigh S.
Subject(s):Library administration --Decision making --Congresses
Library science --Research --Congresses
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Abstract: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.
Issue Date:1992
Publisher:Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Series/Report:Allerton Park Institute (33rd : 1991)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-04-03

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