Evidence-Based Librarianship Discussion Group

At the meeting of the Evidence-Based Librarianship Discussion Group of ULS at ALA in June 2012, one major discussion point was to define “evidence-based librarianship.” To follow up on that discussion, three committee members and I have committed to reading a series of articles on different aspects of evidence-based librarianship. We hope to offer a brief summary of each of the articles, post the resulting bibliography, and then use the articles as a jumping off point for a discussion at Midwinter in Seattle. We meet on Sun., Jan. 27, from 10:30 to 11:30 in the Washington State Convention Center, TCC LL2.

We hope to see some of you there! If you are interested in summarizing an article, let me know.

Lisa Horowitz

This is our potential reading list:

Editorials by Andrew Booth in EBLIP



Abbott, W. A. (2006). Persuasive evidence: Improving customer service through evidence based librarianship. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 1(1), 58-68.

Booth A. (2006). Clear and present questions: Formulating questions for evidence based practice. Library Hi Tech, 24(3), 355-368.

Booth, A. (2009). A bridge too far? Stepping stones for evidence based practice in an academic context.” New Review of Academic Librarianship, 15(1), 3-34.

Booth, A. (2010). Upon reflection: Five mirrors of evidence-based practice. Health Information & Libraries Journal, 27(3), 253-256.

Dalrymple, P.W. (2010). Applying evidence in practice: What we can learn from healthcare. Evidence Based Library & Information Practice, 5(1): 43-47.

Eldredge, J. (2006). Evidence-based librarianship: The EBL process. Library Hi Tech, 24(3), 341-354.

Glynn L. (2006). A critical appraisal tool for library and information research. Library Hi Tech, 24(3), 387-399.

Greenwood, H. & Cleeve, M. (2008). “Embracing change: Evidence-based management in action.” Library Management, 29(3), 173-184.

Lakos, A. (2007). Evidence-Based library management: The leadership challenge. Portal: Libraries and the Academy, 7(4), 431-450.

Ryan, P. (2006). EBL and library assessment: Two solitudes? Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 1(4), 77-80.

Loretta Wallace

Business, Economics, Hotel & Restaurant Management Librarian University of Houston

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