Evidence Based Library and Information Practice

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Evidence Based Library & Information Practice (EBLIP) is a way of using the best research to solve practical problems in the library. This session will cover the fundamentals of EBLIP, along with possible applications. “Evidence-Based Librarianship is an approach to information science that promotes the collection, interpretation and integration of valid, important and applicable user-reported, librarian observed, and research-derived evidence. The best available evidence, moderated by user needs and preferences, is applied to improve the quality of professional judgements” (Booth & Brice, 2004). Evidence-Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP) evolved from the evidence-based medicine (EBM) movement which is a systematic way to review and apply the medical literature to medical practice. EBM began to find its way into other health disciplines and eventually was applied to health sciences librarianship and then to librarianship as a whole.