ERIC Number: ED081452
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Library Researcher and Policymaker: An Observation Here, A Speculation There; and, Comments on Research in the Information Sciences.
DeProspo, Ernest R.; Voos, Henry
An attempt is made in this paper to characterize, and identify some of the basic issues in library research which require resolution. DeProspo's primary purpose is to suggest some of the reasons which lead to the conclusion that much of the research effort in librarianship, the objective of which has been to influence library policy, has been ineffectual. The practicing librarian, who has participated in assisting the library researcher, has probably benefited the least. The library researcher must learn to communicate with the library policymaker on some equal basis. If he continues to talk only to himself or to other researchers, research efforts are not likely to contribute toward the solutions of some of the pressing and growing problems confronting the library. This paper is not directed exclusively at those actively engaged in conducting research. The target group includes the library policymaker who has successfully withstood efforts by the researcher to influence his approaches to "business as usual." An objective of the paper is to suggest some of the reasons for the distrust of the librarian of the library researcher and some of the steps which might reduce that distrust. Voos takes a brief look at research in information science. (Related documents are LI 004 461 and LI 004 462.) (Author/SJ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Library and Information Sciences, Washington, DC.; American Library Association, Chicago, IL. Library Research Round Table.
Note: (17 references); An oral summary of this paper presented as a part of the Library Research Round Table program of the June 25 to July 1, 1972 Annual Conference of the American Library Association