Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
Te Rau Herenga O Aotearoa

An Introduction to Research for Information Professionals

This three-hour course is designed for individuals who are new to research and want to gain an overview, and for those where it’s been a while and who would like a refresher.   With presentations, links to great supporting content and interactive forums allowing you to discuss the material with other participants, this course aims to maximise the benefits of online learning.

Course Content
The course presents an introduction to research to support the work of those wishing to undertake research in library and information services. It covers the elements of research design, ethical considerations, data management issues and research reporting and considers questions relating to the ‘why’ of research and the need for evidence based practice in library and information settings. The course also reviews the costs and benefits of undertaking research and the ways that existing data may be used more effectively. While the course discusses issues related to sample size and validity, it does not discuss statistical concepts in detail.

Course Content Creator
Dr Peta Wellstead (Freelance Information Services) has created the content for the online course.  Peta has over 25 years experience in the library and information profession, having completed her PhD in 2010.  Her personal research interests include information literacy and the way information can increase capacity for social and community engagement.

Course Format
You will be assigned to a discussion group when you register for the course. This aims to enhance your learning experience by enabling you to share your ideas with other participants through the discussion forums. You will need to type your ideas and post them to the forum (just like an e-list), you will not be required to use a microphone.

The size of the discussions forums will be between a minimum of four people and a maximum of eight.

The course is estimated to be approximately three hours of online learning and you will have a maximum of six months to complete it.

The course costs NZD$50.00 (GST inclusive) for LIANZA members and personal members of ALIA, and NZD$80.00 (GST inclusive) for non-members.


There are a few simple steps required to get registered for this course. Have a look at our online course registration page, and then get stuck in!

Revalidation and related resources

If you're professionally registered, don’t forget to record the learning in your revalidation journal under BoK 6 and you can search our learning resources for more materials in this area.



Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 1:30pm

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