Hazel Hall to steer LIS Research Coalition

Added by Sarah on 14 September 2009 10:46

Hazel Hall has been announced as the steer for the new Library and Information Science (LIS) Research Coalition, with the aim of facilitating a co-ordinated and strategic approach to library and information science research across the UK.

The Coalition has been founded by the British Library, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), the Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and the Research Information Network (RIN).

It aims to bring together information about LIS research opportunities and results; encourage dialogue between research funders; promote LIS practitioner research and the translation of research outcomes into practice; articulate a strategic approach to LIS research; and promote the development of research capacity in LIS. The Coalition will provide a formal structure to improve access to LIS research, and maximise its relevance and impact.

Hall said: ?Since I first learnt of the proposals for a coalition I have shared the ambition of the LIS research community to come together to address issues that are of strategic importance to the subject domain. These impact the wider population as research outcomes are properly channelled to contribute to policy development and improvements in actual practice in library and information work. My appointment represents a strong commitment by the Coalition member bodies to LIS research in the UK.?

Hall has been seconded to the Coalition from her role as reader in social informatics in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. A well-known researcher, within both the LIS practitioner and academic communities in the UK and beyond, Hall started her career in academic libraries in the 1980s at the University of Birmingham and Birmingham Polytechnic. Since 1989 she has held research and teaching roles at Queen Margaret and Edinburgh Napier universities.

As well as holding academic qualifications in LIS, Hall is a fellow of CILIP and an associate consultant at TFPL, a specialist professional services company focusing on knowledge, information, library, records and web and content management.

Dr Michael Jubb, chair of the board of directors of the LIS Research Coalition, said: ?With this new appointment, the Coalition will be able to implement its plans to raise the profile and impact of LIS research in the UK.?

The LIS Research Coalition website: http://lisresearch.org/ 

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