Library and Information Science Research Coalition was a three year project established in 2009 and funded by British Library, Joint Information Systems Committee, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and Research Information Network.
The LIS Research Coalition is administered by a Board of Directors which has a representative of every member organization. Professor Hazel Hall was appointed to execute the strategies of Coalition in August 2009. She was in the Coalition as a part-time secondment, while still upholding her position as Director of the Centre for Social Informatics in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University.
The mission of the LIS Research Coalition is to facilitate a synchronized and planned approach to LIS research across United Kingdom and it aims to:
- All the information on LIS research opportunities and results should be brought together.
- Discussions should be encouraged between the research founders.
- LIC practitioner research should be promoted and the translation research outcomes should be put into practice.
- Communicate a tactical approach to LIC research.
- Promote the growth and progress of research capacity in LIS.
Coalition strengthens its bonds between LIS practitioners and LIS researchers and between practice and research through its work. By connecting the two communities Coalition inspires research-led practice so the information scientists and librarians can:
- Exploit the prevailing LIS research for better decision making in the delivery of services.
- Improve the value of previous work by capitalizing on the noteworthy investment in former studies by reusing it.
- Establish the value and effect of library and information services to people, specialist user groups and citizens or society and hence safeguard forthcoming investment in the delivery of services.
- Develop work satisfaction through intellectual stimulation, career development, pleasure of learning, pride in improved work practice and leadership growth that engagement in research brings.
The LIS is particularly interested to support both the information scientists and practicing librarians as practitioner researchers, to exploit and access existing research in their individual work and self-growth.