Final Report: Keeping it REAL 2016 - Research in Academic Libraries




Hendrigan, Holly
Naslund, Jo-Anne
Walde, Christine
O'Brien, Heather
Fields, Erin

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title



This report documents the program "Keeping it REAL: Research in Academic Libraries" that was held at UBC on November 18, 2017. This event was the result of a collaboration between SLAIS and librarians at UBC, SFU, and UVic. The purpose of the program was to enhance academic librarians' skills in planning and conducting research and to foster research culture among practitioners. Sessions were held on research processes such as ethics, dissemination, generating ideas, and cultivating research culture, as well as the importance of securing extra funding through grants. Participants also had the opportunity to interact with librarians who have experience in specific theories and methodologies. Feedback on the workshop was positive and indicated that academic librarians are interested in further professional development in research methods, and would like to explore specific methodologies and theoretical frameworks in greater depth. Recommendations included wide distribution of this report and securing support from the sponsoring institutions for future events.



research, academic librarians, research culture, research methods