Koufogiannakis, D., & Scott, J. W. (2006). Research in librarianship: issues to consider. Library Hi Tech, 24(3), 324-340.
This journal article is a general review of the research base in librarianship. Its conclusion is based on a compilation and an analysis of existing research in librarianship. It concluded that librarianship does not have a solid evidence base. That there are several areas that receive more research attention than others. Areas with greater research activities include:
- Information storage/retrieval
- Collecion development
- Library Services
The gaps are:
- Library Theory
- Library history
- LIS Education
- Information seeking
- LIS analysis
- The profession
- Scientific and professional communication
The paper then goes on to document various reasons why librarians are not conducting research.
Research in librarianship is an important issue and a survey of existing research literature to see where we stand is a good project to undertake. Unfortunately, this article wasn’t one of the easiest reading I have come across. The conclusion was fairly clear and straightforward. It should be easy to articulate the findings.
Indeed, more work should be done on scientific and professional communication skills.