Always look on the bright side: LIS research since 2000

Peter Brophy


This paper outlines the library and information science (LIS) research environment which has developed over the last six years, focusing on the key research funders and the research themes which have emerged. It suggests that, while there is significant funding available for research, the funding environment is challenging and highly competitive. It is argued that, in general, LIS research, including that undertaken by and with practitioners, needs to develop a firmer theoretical and contextual foundation and that there is a need to distinguish between supporting studies, often with an implicit or explicit advocacy agenda, and research.


research needs; research environment

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CILIP Registered Charity no 313014

ISSN 1756-1086 (Online)