An environmental scan of Australian Library and Information Studies (LIS) research was undertaken focusing on the period 2005–2013. This was in response to a brief from ALIA that sought such an analysis to inform its decisions in relation to content of a future research agenda, support, advocacy, and future funding. The investigation was expected to include research priorities of other library and information organisations, topics of research undertaken in Australia, types of research, persons/organisations undertaking research, and how research activities are funded, communicated and applied.
The report took into account:
research priorities of LIS professional associations both within and outside Australia
production of higher degree theses over the period
publication by practitioners and academics in both Australian and international publications and
grant or other support for research or investigatory projects.
METHODOLOGY AND LIMITATIONS:
Methodologies employed included:
Website analysis for research priorities of LIS organisations
Database searching using Trove for higher degree theses
Database searching using multiple databases for publications
In the case of research in progress and resourcing via grants, methods employed were database searching, consultation and by survey methods
The limitations in these approaches are explained in each related Section or Appendix.
However, the major limitations were:
Poor response to the online survey despite its wide dissemination through ALIA and other
Inconsistent responses to individual surveys directed specifically at academic departments
Coverage of publications by databases, particularly of material outside periodicals
Difficulties in categorising documents
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