Launch of ALIA report: Relevance 2020, LIS Research in Australia

Canberra Wednesday, February 15, 2017: The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), in partnership with Charles Sturt University, has issued a report which provides the results of six Library and Information Science (LIS) research events in Australian capitals in late 2016 that had the main purpose of connecting academics, researchers and practitioners in order to help align future research projects and activities in the Australian LIS profession.

Download the report (pdf): Relevance 2020 LIS Research in Australia

There were 172 participants from LIS schools, academic, special, TAFE, school, public and state libraries.
Seven barriers to research and collaboration were identified:
  • Awareness and perception
  • Connection and relationship
  • Funding
  • Passion and enthusiasm
  • Research culture and support
  • Research expertise
  • Shared understanding and interest

The report recommends:

  • Libraries and librarians should change the perception of their roles to include research as part of their role specification. This would be a powerful catalyst for a more dynamic, evidence-based profession.
  • LIS schools and academics should be active players in fostering collaboration between academia and practice. Applied research should not be regarded as less important than research of a more theoretical nature.
  • More consideration might be given by LIS academics to some of the priority areas for their practitioner counterparts, such as information services and the promotion of these services.
  • ALIA should continue to play a role that bridges the gap between academic and practitioner needs. Consideration should be given to a central database of research ideas and experts, and to strategically providing further funding opportunities to members.


About the Australian Library and Information Association

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector. With 5,000 members across Australia, we provide the national voice of the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services, through leadership, advocacy and mutual support.


Heather Wellard, Communications Manager: | 02 6215 8225 | 0409 830 439

Wednesday 15 February 2017 9:00am