Library Research and the IRB: Is It Generalizable?

September 19, 2013 | News

By Nicole Pagowsky and Maura Smale

“There are generally two types of research that take place in the LIS field, one is more rare and is capital-R-Research, typically evidence or theory-based and generalizable; the other, more prevalent, is lowercase-r-research, typically anecdotal, immediate, and written in the style of ‘how we did it good.’ The latter has historically been a defining quality of LIS research and receives much criticism, but as librarianship is a professional field, both theory and practice require documentation.” (http://acrlog.org/2013/09/16/library-research-and-the-irb-is-it-generalizable/)

–excerpt reprinted from article in ACRLog (Pagowsky, Nicole and Maura Smale, “Library Research and the IRB: Is It Generalizable?” in ACRLog, Sept.9, 2013)