Being Evidence-based in Library and Information Practice

Facet Publishing has released Being Evidence-based in Library and Information Practice

This book by Denise Koufogiannakis and Alison Brettle takes an 'open and encompassing' approach to exploring evidence-based library and information practice (EBLIP) and illustrates how librarians can incorporate the principles to make more informed decisions in the workplace.

EBLIP is an approach to professional decision making which involves, questioning existing practice, gathering or creating evidence, using information or evidence wisely, and using professional skills to help others.

Being Evidence-based in Library and Information Practice develops and rethinks the original EBLIP model and builds upon Booth and Brice’s earlier work, Evidence Based Practice for Information Professionals (Facet, 2004).

The editors of the book said: 'This book brings together recent theory, research, and case studies from practice environments across the broad field of librarianship to provide librarians with a new reference point for how they can use and create evidence within their practice in order to better meet the needs of their communities.'

Denise Koufogiannakis is associate university librarian at the University of Alberta Libraries in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She co-founded the open access journal Evidence Based Library and Information Practice and has held several editorial positions since the journal’s inception in 2006.

Alison Brettle is a reader in evidence-based practice at the University of Salford, UK. She has more than 20 years' experience of health, social care and library related research and teaching environments and has led and supported a wide range of projects and published extensively.


Danny Kingsley, deputy director at Cambridge University Library, looks back at her early days at Australian National University – and forward to the many challenges facing librarians

Analysis and opinion

While researchers, publishers and funders warm to data sharing, issues over misuse, citation and credit remain, reports Rebecca Pool