The 7th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, July 15 - 18, 2013, proudly hosted by the University Library, University of Saskatchewan.
The 7th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, July 15 - 18, 2013, proudly hosted by the University Library, University of Saskatchewan.
The 7th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, July 15 - 18, 2013, proudly hosted by the University Library, University of Saskatchewan.
The 7th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, July 15 - 18, 2013, proudly hosted by the University Library, University of Saskatchewan.

The Possibilities are Endless...

The University Library, University of Saskatchewan, is very proud to host the 7th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice conference (EBLIP7). Using the best available evidence to inform decision making in practice situations is the hallmark of evidence based library and information practice (eblip). Librarians and information professionals from all library sectors can benefit from the critical, reflective practice that eblip offers. For a varied and wide-ranging look at this practical way of practicing librarianship, visit the open access journal, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice.

For everyone from the seasoned EBLIP participant to the conference novice, and for attendees from all library sectors, EBLIP7 will provide a dynamic and engaging atmosphere focusing on evidence based practice and LIS research, with stimulating sessions, exciting networking opportunities, and provocative posters. Monday July 15 will be a day of continuing education opportunities. The conference proper runs from Tuesday July 16 to Thursday July 18. Delegates will enjoy a sumptuous opening reception on Tuesday and a delightfully different conference dinner on Wednesday.

The City of Saskatoon is a hidden gem on the Canadian prairies. During EBLIP7, conference attendees will also be able to enjoy many events such as Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, A Taste of Saskatchewan, and Pion-Era. Take a riverboat cruise down the scenic South Saskatchewan River, and enjoy a riverbank stroll or bike ride along the Meewasin Valley Trail system. Conference delegates bringing family members for a summer vacation will not have to worry that their family will have nothing to do.

We're looking forward to seeing you in July 2013 for EBLIP7!

Virginia Wilson
EBLIP7 Conference Chair



International Program Committee

  • Andrew Booth, University of Sheffield
  • Anne Brice, University of Oxford
  • Dianne Cmor, Nanyang Technological University
  • Ghislaine Decleve, Universite Catholique de Louvain
  • Jonathan Eldredge, University of New Mexico
  • Joanne Gard Marshall, University of North Carolina
  • Lotta Haglund, Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences
  • Margaret Haines, Carleton University
  • Anthi Katsirikou, University of Piraeus
  • Denise Koufogiannakis, University of Alberta
  • Suzanne Lewis, Central coast Local Health District
  • Yazdan Mansourian, Kharazmi University
  • Glenda Myers, University of Witwatersrand
  • Barbara Niedzwiedzka, Jagiellonian University Medical College
  • Helen Partridge, Queensland University of Technology
  • Niels Ole Pors, Royal School of Library and Information Science
  • Ross Todd Rutgers, University
  • Christine Urquhart, University of Aberystwyth
  • Alison Brettle, University of Salford
  • Maria Grant, University of Salford
  • Heidi Jacobs, University of Windsor
  • Pam Ryan, Edmonton Public Library
  • Charlene Sorensen, University of Saskatchewan
  • Kate Davis, Queensland university of technology
  • Martha Kyrillidou, Association of research libraries
  • Julie McKenna, Regina Public Library
  • Lorie Kloda, McGill University Life Sciences library
  • Sandra O. Stubbs, University of the West Indies
  • Eystein Gullbekk, University of Oslo
  • Jane Shelling, National Drugs Sector Information Service, Alcohol and Drugs Council of Australia
  • Signe Jantson, Tallinn University of Technology
  • Ann Ritchie, Editor, The Australian Library Journal

2013 Local Organizing Committee

  • Virginia Wilson, Conference Chair
  • Lyn Currie, Programming Co-Chair
  • Rachel Sarjeant-Jenkins, Programming Co-Chair
  • Carolyn Doi, Volunteer Coordinator
  • Angie Gerrard, Communications Coordinator
  • Christine Neilson, Hospitality Coordinator
  • Karim Tharani, Technology Coordinator
  • Tony Murphy, Regina Public Library, Communications
  • Beth Cote, Saskatoon Public Library, Communications
  • Jen Murray, Murray Library, Volunteers


Preconference Workshops

EBLIP7 Preconference Workshops: Monday, July 15, 2013
Murray Library, University of Saskatchewan
  • Workshop A 9:00am-12:00pm Rm 102 Limit 40 participants

EBLIP for all: Using an evidence based approach in your library
The purpose of this course is to introduce the process of evidence based library and information practice to all LIS practitioners and to demonstrate tools and strategies for applying evidence in practice. The course will look beyond the formal evidence based practice (EBP) model and place LIS evidence within the context of real-world decision making. Participants will learn strategies to incorporate different types of evidence into their everyday decision making, and will have opportunities to work through their own practice questions in order to determine an approach that they can take back to their workplace. 
Denise Koufogiannakis, Collections and Acquisitions Coordinator, University of Alberta, Canada
Lorie Kloda, Assessment Librarian, McGill University, Canada
Alison Brettle, Senior Lecturer/Information Specialist, University of Salford, UK

  • Workshop B 8:30am-12:00pm Collaborative Learning Lab Limit 32 participants Workshop Cancelled

Using evidence for assessment and evaluation: North American Perspectives from ARL and CARL

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) have worked over the years to strengthen the ways libraries are describing and evaluating their services and operations.  ARL and CARL have worked closely in a number of key areas including LibQUAL+, Library Assessment training activities, and good old regular annual statistics.  This workshop will focus on describing a number of key efforts such as the annual ARL and CARL Statistics and LibQUAL+ and work with attendees to gain a deeper understanding of how these tools are used to justify budgets, evaluate service delivery and help libraries rethink the investments they are making to align them strategically with rapidly transforming user needs.  The workshop presenters have extensive knowledge of both the annual statistical efforts and the LibQUAL+ protocol; LibQUAL+ Canada just completed the third national level implementation in 2012.  Institutions engaged in these efforts are invited to attend the workshop and bring their experience with these datasets for an engaging discussion and demonstration of how to more effectively engage libraries in demonstrating the value they deliver to their users.  All attendees interested in assessment are welcome to join and engage.

Learning outcomes:
1. Increase your familiarity with ways to use annual statistics to make a case for your institution's budget
2. Understand customer service ratings by using the LibQUAL+ survey
3. Identify actions your library can take using annual statistics and LibQUAL+ data


Linda Bedwell is the LibQual+ Canada 2013 Coordinator.  She is a User-Experience & Assessment Librarian at Dalhousie University as well as a Reference & Instruction Librarian.  She has conducted student studies to discover needs and behaviors related to library services, space, and resources.

Martha Kyrillidou is the Senior Director for Statistics and Service Quality Programs, Association of Research Libraries. Her dissertation (deposit December 2009) documenting the development of LibQUAL+ Lite is the most heavily downloaded dissertation at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign institutional repository.

Katherine McColgan is the Program and Administrative Officer for the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL). Katherine has been the coordinator of the Statistics Survey of Canadian University Libraries for almost 15 years, and the CARL liaison in support of the LibQual+ Canada consortia and its Coordinator since its inception in 2006.

  • Workshop C 1:30pm-4:30pm Rm 102 Limit 40 participants

Getting started in research and evaluation

Have you ever thought about doing a research project or evaluating a new service, but…
-         are not sure how to go about it?
-         don’t know which methods to use?
-         can’t see how it is relevant to your practice?
This half day workshop is designed to help practitioners get started in research or evaluation.  Participants are encouraged to consider the similarities and differences between research and evaluation, the challenges, and the practical considerations that need to be addressed.  They will be encouraged to consider the valuable contribution research projects can have even if they are small in scale.  They will also be introduced to quantitative and qualitative approaches, find out when to use each and what may be feasible where. The session will provide a user friendly overview of the research and evaluation process to help participants to think about and plan potential projects, as well as provide opportunities to ask specific questions and gain feedback about their own research ideas.

Instructor: Alison Brettle is a senior lecturer, information specialist, and PGR co-ordinator at the  School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Salford, UK. She is also the editor-in-chief of the open access journal, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice.

  • Workshop D 1:30pm-4:30pm Collaborative Learning Lab Limit 32 participants

Usability testing: Using evidence to improve library web sites

A critical question for libraries is how to move from an opinion-based web design process to one that is driven by evidence-based practice. Conducting and carrying out usability studies is something any library can do, large or small. The aim of this workshop is to learn how to conduct a usability study, analyze the results, and use the evidence to create a better web site.
Participants in the workshop will:
•    Explore usability task based testing
•    Learn how to design a study
•    Practice writing effective tasks
•    Participate in a task based testing session
Join Darlene Fichter and Genevieve Braganza in a ½ day interactive workshop where you will learn the basic skills to develop and deliver a usability study.

Instructors Genevieve Braganza, Assessment Analyst, and library usability expert/GovInfo Librarian Darlene Fichter teamed up to carry out library usability studies at the University of Saskatchewan.  Darlene is a frequent conference speaker about usability and emerging technologies. Genevieve has a Masters of Public Health specializing in Biostatistics and is the University of Saskatchewan Library’s Assessment Analyst.


Keynote Speakers

Denise Koufogiannakis

Dr. Denise Koufogiannakis

Opening Keynote Address: What we talk about when we talk about evidence

The word "evidence" means different things to different people. At this conference that focuses on evidence based practice, do we have a common understanding of what evidence means to librarians and information professionals? Let's begin the discussion!

Dr. Koufgiannakis will address three main areas pertaining to evidence, drawing upon her recent doctoral research:

1) The meaning of evidence in library and information studies;

2) Factors that interrupt the EBLIP paradigm as it has been presented in the literature to date; and

3) How librarians actually use evidence to make decisions.

Based on new research that examines the core of the EBLIP model, Denise will shed light on how the evidence based practice movement, originating in medicine, differs within librarianship. She will outline practical ways that librarians can improve their practice based on this new knowledge.

Denise Koufogiannakis is the Collections and Acquisitions Coordinator at the University of Alberta Libraries. As well, she is a researcher, editor, speaker, and mentor.

Denise has embraced evidence based library and information practice (EBLIP) since the very early days of its inception. Publishing and speaking on EBLIP since 2001 and contributing to the LIS evidence base through papers and book chapters, Denise is a key driver in the international EBLIP movement. She also co-hosted the 2nd international conference when it was last held in Canada 10 years ago. She has received numerous awards including the Canadian Library Association’s Robert H Blackburn Distinguished Paper Award not once but twice, the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) 2009 Outstanding Contribution Award, and in 2007 was named a Library Journal "Mover and Shaker" for her contribution to the evidence based librarianship movement.

Denise co-founded the open access journal Evidence Based Library and Information Practice and has held several editorial positions since the journal’s inception in 2006, including Editor-in-Chief. But she is most proud of creating the journal’s evidence summaries, which provide a brief synopsis and critical appraisal of recent research articles for practitioners. Denise has contributed to several national organizations including the Canadian Library Association, COPPUL, and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network.

Ever curious and wanting to learn more, Denise has just completed her PhD at Aberystwyth University in Wales. She is passionate about research, open access to information, and the betterment of the community through library services.

Dan Gardner

Dan Gardner

Closing Keynote Address: The 'Evidence-based' Conundrum

Why is evidence-based medicine a movement that is drawing interest from many other fields and spawning similar 'evidence-based ...' reforms? Shouldn't all medicine be evidence-based? Shouldn't all our work? Why is it necessary to direct attention to evidence? The answer lies in human nature, Dan Gardner explains. Efforts to promote evidence-based thinking are essential because people don't do evidence-based thinking naturally -- and what we do naturally gets us in a lot of trouble.

Dan Gardner is a journalist, author, and lecturer who enjoys nothing so much as writing about himself in the third person.

Trained in law (LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, Class of '92) and history (M.A., York University, '95), Dan first worked as a political staffer to a prominent politician. In 1997, he joined the editorial board of the Ottawa Citizen. His writing has won or been nominated for most major prizes in Canadian journalism, including the National Newspaper Award, the Michener Award, the Canadian Association of Journalists award, the Amnesty International Canada Media Award for reporting on human rights, and a long list of other awards, particularly in the field of criminal justice and law. Today, he is an opinion columnist who refuses to be pigeonholed as a liberal or a conservative and is positively allergic to all varieties of dogma. If you must label him -- and he'd rather you didn't -- please call him a "skeptic."

In 2005, Dan attended a lecture by renowned psychologist Paul Slovic. It was a life-changing encounter. Fascinated by Slovic's work, Dan immersed himself in the scientific literature. The result was a seminal book on risk perception, Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear. Published in 11 countries and 7 languages, Risk was a bestseller in the United Kingdom and Canada. But more gratifying to Dan was the support of leading researchers, including Slovic, who praised the book's scientific accuracy.

In his latest book, Future Babble, Dan delved deeper into psychology to explain why people continue to put so much stock in expert predictions despite the repeated -- and sometimes catastrophic -- failure of efforts to forecast the future. Again, Dan was delighted that his book garnered the praise of leading researchers, including Philip Tetlock of the University of California, who called it "superb scholarship," and Steven Pinker of Harvard University, who said it should be "required reading for journalists, politicians, academics, and those who listen to them."

Psychology is fundamentally about how people perceive, think, decide, and communicate -- and modern research shows that much of what people assume to be true about these basic processes is, in fact, wrong. The success of Risk led Dan to develop a series of lectures that expose and correct those assumptions, helping people think, decide, organize, and communicate better.

Dan is also Panelist on CTV's Question Period. He lives in Ottawa, Canada, with three young children and one exhausted wife.



The University of Saskatchewan, established in 1907, is a beautiful and lively campus located in the heart of Saskatoon. Some popular campus destinations include the Bowl, the College Building, and many other Collegiate Gothic buildings. Do you want to explore the campus further? Book a tour or try a self-guided walking tour. An online campus maps is available at

There are several museums and galleries on campus including:


The University of Saskatchewan Archives has several virtual exhibits, including Building the University of Saskatchewan and Deo et Patriae: Events in the History of the University of Saskatchewan.

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Registration Deadline is July 2, 2013!

If you are U of S faculty/staff call 306.966.5539 to register if using a CFOAPAL.

By clicking this link, you will be taken to the registration page (opens in a new window):

EBLIP7 online registration form

Registration Fees

 Early Bird (Until April 30)

Regular (After April 30)

Conference Registration

 $450 CAD

$500 CAD


 $200 CAD

$250 CAD

Single Day Registration  

 $175 CAD

$200 CAD

Preconference workshops are $75CAD.

Single day registration does not include the opening reception or banquet. These tickets can be purchased separately at the time of registration. Find descriptions of the preconference workshops, the conference banquet and opening reception, and the full program elsewhere on the EBLIP7 website. Book your accommodations online here on the website. The on-campus accommodation booking begins on March 18.


We are looking motivated, energetic individuals who want to get involved and help make the 2013 EBLIP7 conference a success. If you would like to volunteer, email Thank you for your support!