Knowledge into Action
Research and Evaluation in Library and Information Science
by Danny P. Wallace and Connie Van Fleet
June 2012, 388pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-59884-975-2
$55, £41, 46€, A79
eBook Available: 978-1-61069-266-3
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At some time, every library and information scientist engages in research and in evaluation activities. Yet, for professionals who support the investigative work of other disciplines, librarians have few practical, comprehensive resources to help with research and evaluation in their own field.

The only book currently available that comprehensively integrates research and evaluation for evidence-based library and information science practice.

Numerous books cover research and evaluation in general, but not within the context of library and information science. Many others cover the field of library and information science overall but with little focus on research. Knowledge into Action: Research and Evaluation in Library and Information Science offers in a single volume, an expert introduction to these two distinct, yet deeply interrelated, phases of information-gathering as they are practiced in the information sciences.

Knowledge into Action takes readers through the core principles, working processes, and practical tools for conducting and evaluating research in library and information science, enhancing the presentation with examples, informational graphics, study questions, and exercises directly relevant to this field. It is a welcomed resource for students and scholars who want to use appropriate techniques for gathering and assessing research, as well as information professionals looking to improve services at their libraries or information centers. The book is also designed to educate practitioners as consumers of the research and evaluation literature and as active participants in professional conferences, meetings, and workshops.

Danny P. Wallace was professor and EBSCO Chair of Library Service in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama. He authored Libraries Unlimited's Knowledge Management: Historical and Cross-Disciplinary Themes.

The late Connie Van Fleet was a professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She was coeditor, with Alma Dawson, of Libraries Unlimited's African-American Literature: A Guide to Reading Interests. Wallace and Van Fleet have collaborated on more than 50 publications, including Library Evaluation: A Casebook and Can-Do Guide, also published by Libraries Unlimited. They were coeditors of Reference & User Services Quarterly from 2000 to 2006 and its predecessor RQ from 1991 to 1997.

Reviews

"[P]rovides a clear and readable description of research techniques within the context of librarianship, and as such, it is well-suited as a textbook for students of all ages."—Australian Library Journal, December 17, 2013

"The chapter on interviews and questionnaires includes useful information about developing and using these methods, and the chapters on data analysis and statistics are clear overviews of complicated and often unfamiliar topics."—The Journal of Academic Librarianship, March 1, 2013

"The authors emphasize that research and evaluation activities should be viewed as key components of evidence-based practice in a variety of libraries. Whether student or practitioner, information professionals in all types of libraries can benefit from incorporating research and evaluation into their regular planning activities."—Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table, March 1, 2013
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