CAPAL Research & Scholarship Committee 3rd Annual Lecture with Virginia Wilson


Please join the 3rd Annual CAPAL Research & Scholarship Committee Lecture, presented by Virginia Wilson!

Many academic librarians conduct original research to inform daily practice and to satisfy the tenure and promotion process. This research activity could be mandated, it could be of the librarian’s own volition, or it could be somewhere in between. But what exactly is a practitioner-researcher? Is it one role or two? And should the research always pertain directly to practice?

Virginia will refer to her own research and the most recent literature to discuss various aspects of what it means to be a librarian-researcher, including
• What constitutes a practitioner-researcher
• Identity as a practicing librarian conducting research, including characteristics of a practitioner-researcher
• Challenges and benefits of being a practitioner-researcher, and ways to foster a culture of research in your institution
• The roles involved in conducting research as a practicing librarian
She will conclude with some compelling reasons as to why we should strive to include practitioner-research in our own work.


Virginia Wilson is an academic librarian at the University of Saskatchewan. Over the years, she has practiced in the health sciences, social sciences, and applied sciences. She is the founder and former Director of the Centre for Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (C-EBLIP). As a practitioner-researcher, Virginia has published several research projects, works on research methods, and commentaries on the librarian as a practitioner-researcher.

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Time: May 18, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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