Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science ISSN: 2435-8495
三田図書館・情報学会 Mita Society for Library and Information Science
〒108‒8345 東京都港区三田2‒15‒45 慶應義塾大学文学部図書館・情報学専攻内 c/o Keio University, 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan
Library and Information Science 59: 105-115 (2008)

短報Brief Communication

「エビデンス・ベースト・ライブラリアンシップ」(EBL)の枠組みの検討日本の図書館情報学文献の実態に基づいてRe-examination of evidence-based librarianship (EBL): A content analysis of journal articles

1慶應義塾大学文学部Faculty of Letters, Keio University ◇ 〒108-8345 東京都港区三田二丁目15番45号 ◇ Mita 2-15-45, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan

2慶應義塾大学大学院文学研究科Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Keio University ◇ 〒108-8345 東京都港区三田二丁目15番45号 ◇ Mita 2-15-45, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan

3慶應義塾大学文学部(非常勤講師)Faculty of Letters, Keio University (part-time) ◇ 〒108-8345 東京都港区三田二丁目15番45号 ◇ Mita 2-15-45, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan

4駿河台大学文化情報学部Faculty of Cultural Information Resources, Surugadai University ◇ 〒357-8555 埼玉県飯能市阿須698番地 ◇ Azu 698, Hanno-shi, Saitama 357-8555, Japan

受付日:2007年8月17日Received: August 17, 2007
受理日:2007年11月22日Accepted: November 22, 2007
発行日:2008年7月15日Published: July 15, 2008




Purpose: The evidence-based librarianship (EBL) approach promotes the application of research results to library services and at the same time, is a promising methodological framework for further improving the quality of research in library science. In this paper, the issues surrounding EBL and its application are discussed.

Method: One hundred Japanese journal articles on library and information science were coded according to the level of their EBL evidence (one of seven levels), the three types of EBL questions, and the domain of the article as defined in the EBL approach.

Results: Thirty three articles were identified as case studies (Level 6) and fifty three articles were identified as expert opinion (Level 7). Only two articles were coded as summing up (Level 2) which are said to have high EBL evidence. Thirty percent of the papers did not contain questions; therefore, they were not able to be assigned to one of the three types of questions. Fifteen of the articles were in the “collections” domain and twenty three were in the “management” domain; however, no articles were in the “marketing/ promotion” domain. Since the concept of EBL is derived from evidence-based medicine (EBM), it can be difficult to apply it to articles in library and information science.

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