What is the Library Research Network?

The Library Research Network, a not-for-profit initiative, is a curated, web-based repository of research relevant to public, academic, government and special libraries.

How Do I Access the Research?

Access to the repository completely open and free. You may wish to add your name to our email list by filling out the form on the right side –> of this page, or subscribe to our RSS feed to receive an email when we’ve added new studies to LRN.

Who Created the LRN?

Kimberly Silk is Founder of the Library Research Network. Kim’s research interests focus on the role of public assets (libraries, parks, schools and museums) in regional economic development. She is co-author of “So Much More: The Economic Impact of Toronto Public Library on the City of Toronto,” published in 2013 and the first library economic impact study of its kind in Canada. Since 2013, Kim has worked with several library systems to provide professional advisory services on impact studies.

For more info about Kim, check out her personal web site at KimberlySilk.com.

LRN Advisory Board

The LRN Advisory Board provides guidance to help shape the strategic direction and goals of the Library Research Network.

Stephen Abram is a librarian and principal with Lighthouse Consulting Inc., and executive director of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries. He has been president of the Canadian Library Association (2004-2006) and the Special Libraries Association (2007-2009). He blogs on library strategies for direction, marketing, technology and user alignment.

Kathryn Goodhue is the CEO at Brantford Public Library, and former Chief Librarian at the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

Dr. Bill Irwin is an Assistant Professor at Huron University College in the Department of Economics and Business, where he instructs in the area of Management and Organizational Studies. His courses include organizational behavior, human resource management, statistical design and delivery, and business-government policy. He also instructs program and policy evaluation at UWO in the Department of Political Science in the Masters in Public Administration Program.

Rebecca Jones, Partner at Dysart & Jones, focuses on facilitating clients’ planning processes, problem-solving, organizational design, and project management.  Her reputation for designing consultative, participatory sessions that result in workable solutions has been demonstrated in a wide variety of organizations in the information, non-profit, construction and legal sectors.

Dr. Bob Molyneux is a librarian, data analyst and researcher. Formerly the Chief Statistician for SirsiDynix, in recent years he has focused on creating longitudinal datasets of library data to create standard data sets for use by researchers and decision makers.

Wendy Newman joined the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto in 2004 and was appointed Senior Fellow in 2006. As a Lecturer, her primary roles are teaching and mentoring students in the library and information science stream and serving as a liaison between the Faculty and the professional and employer communities. With an extensive background in public, university, and educational librarianship as well as public policy advocacy, she has taught Advocacy and Library Issues for several years, additionally offering the course online jointly to other Canadian library and information faculties. Wendy Newman is former President of the Canadian Library Association and the Canadian Association of Public Libraries. She was awarded the Ontario Public Library Association Lifetime Achievement Award in January 2009, and in 2004 received both the CLA’s Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award and the Faculty of Information Alumni Jubilee Award. She also holds a Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2003) for community service.