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Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Andrew Booth named as a leading UK knowledge translator


Posted by Andy
 ScHARR´s Andrew Booth, Reader in Evidence Based Information Practice, has been identified as a key information source for those wishing to learn about new library and information sciences (LIS) research. 

This finding is part of the Research in Librarianship – Impact Evaluation Project (RiLIES) from the LIS Research Coalition (LRC), led by Professor Hazel Hall, which surveyed 200 people on their routes to learning about new LIS Research Results. Andrew Booth was highlighted with three other individuals as occupying a key knowledge translation role. 

Andrew is a founding member of the international Evidence Based Library and Information Practice movement and co-editor of the only textbook on this topic. This recognition acknowledges his role as feature editor over more than a decade of the Using Evidence In Practice feature in Health Information & Libraries Journal, the most highly-cited health libraries journal.

"My day-to-day work involves the production of knowledge in the form of systematic reviews and working with the NHS through the local National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, South Yorkshire (CLAHRC SY), specifically the Translating Knowledge into Action theme. It is very encouraging to see the same skills that I use in promoting the use of health services research being recognised as equally valuable for my own profession" – Andrew Booth
The Research in Librarianship – Impact Evaluation Project (RiLIES – pronounced "realise") is a study supported by the LIS Research Coalition. It explores the extent to which funded librarianship research projects influence library practice in the UK. Of particular interest are the factors that increase or hinder the impact of project outcomes on practice. This study is led by Professor Hazel Hall, Director of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University and Executive Secretary of the Library and Information Science Research Coalition.

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