Library research: a perspective from the UK

This paper considers the practice of research in the UK library and information science sector and the incorporation of research skills into the curriculum of librarianship courses. It suggests that, in the UK, significant research in the LIS field has depended on both academic researchers in departments of librarianship and practising librarians in academic libraries. Practice-based research has an important role to play in stimulating significant, far-reaching developments and in training new generations of professional leaders. It depends, however, on the inclusion of research skills training as part of professional education.