Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Being Evidence Based in Library and Information Practice

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Being Evidence Based in Library and Information Practice

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Being Evidence Based in Library and Information Practice. Edited by Denise Koufogiannakis and Alison Brettle. London: Facet Publishing, 2016. 224 p. Paper $75 (ISBN 978-0838915219).

As a response to Booth and Brice's foundational work, Evidence-Based Practice for Information Professionals: A Handbook (2004), Koufogiannakis and Brettle present a new model of evidence-based practice that is both more realistic and more tailored to library and information professionals' work.

Originating in medicine in the early 1990s, evidence-based practice was first conceived as a new approach to clinical decision making in which clinicians consulted the research literature and integrated this knowledge into their professional judgments. As a reflective and methodical approach, it quickly caught on and has since expanded to other professions, including dentistry, social work, and librarianship. The term "evidence-based librarianship" first appeared in the late 1990s, but it has since evolved to evidence-based library and information practice (EBLIP) so as to include the wide range of information professionals whose work takes place outside of libraries.

In this book, Koufogiannakis and Brettle expand upon Booth and Brice's model rather than replacing it. Because it embraces other types of evidence as relevant for librarianship and takes into deeper consideration the specific local library contexts in which evidence is used, their model evolves naturally and is more accommodating. …

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