Staying on top of professional trends in academic library research can help turn any librarian into an expert researcher. This practitioner’s guide arms librarians with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively conduct research to enhance professional practice and perform successful inquiries. It discusses current practices of academic librarians; details the process of successfully planning, implementing, and publishing a study; and provides professional and personal development to improve research competency.
Written by professionals at the upper echelon of their field, Enhancing Library and Information Research Skills comprises seven chapters that break down the research process and focus on individual steps in performing effective research. The book teaches academic librarians how to develop a research question based on a practical problem, determine the scope and objectives of a study, and select proper research design and methods. Readers will also understand how to identify resources to support the study, set a timeline for data collection and data analysis, write a dissertation, and identify the proper venue for publication/presentation.
- Features the latest research practices of academic librarians–including current trends and patterns
- Provides the resources, knowledge, and skills to successfully conduct research, improve professional practice, and enhance careers
- Engages professionals in a sustained learning process to improve their research proficiency and impact
- Includes practical information for preparing posters and presentations for conference presentations