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Open summaries provide value for LIS practitioners

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice is an open journal (i.e. free) out of the University of Alberta that reviews other journal articles with the express intent of "[providing] a forum for librarians and other information professionals to discover research that may contribute to decision making in professional practice."

The evidence summaries, as they call them, are short but very informative. Readers benefit from the filtering of articles to include those with relevant findings to practice. They also have less reading to do, and have access to findings from journals that are sealed off behind a subscription wall. (Access to an academic library's resources is one of the things you miss dearly when leaving the campus for the world of work!)

There is no reason why this same format couldn't be adopted in other disciplines. Someone could provide evidence summaries in human resource management, for example. Similarly, someone could summarize the literature but from a perspective other then evidence for professional practice.

(Link via Jonathan Rochkind)