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Presentation delivered at the Library Research Symposium. McMaster University, Canada, 3 November 2015.
The aim of the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded Developing Research Excellence and Methods project, was to develop a formal UK-wide network of Library and Information Science (LIS) researchers (academic and practitioner). The project ran from January 2011 to August 2012, and was supported by the UK Library and Information Science Research Coalition.
The initial successes of the DREaM project were reported in a paper that Hazel Hall co-authored with Alison Brettle and Charles Oppenheim and presented at QQML 2012. Three years later in summer 2015, Hall and her colleague Bruce Ryan conducted further research to explore any lasting impacts of the project.
Those who attended three DREaM research methods workshops in 2011/12 were invited to complete a survey in June 2015. The survey questions focused on LIS work undertaken since the last DREaM workshop in April 2012. Respondents were asked to report on the use of the methods presented at the DREaM workshops; any new DREaM-inspired LIS research and publications, and their impacts; the influence of DREaM on individual career paths; and any on-going contact between those who developed relationships with one another over the course of the three workshops. Further data for the 2015 project – known as DREaM Again - were collected formally from focus groups and more informally through email contact with DREaM workshop participants.
In this presentation the main findings of DREaM Again are discussed.