This paper examines current research activities, and future priorities for research, in the library and information community and describes some of the areas of convergence and divergence between research driven by UK government policy and that driven by practitioners themselves. Information gathered through two fact‐finding research projects, the Research Landscape Project and the Library Practitioner Research project provides the basis of the discussion outlined. The many benefits that library and information science (LIS) research, in particular collaboration between researchers and practitioners, provides are highlighted. The paper concludes that in the diverse LIS community there are various reasons for undertaking research and that the needs of practitioners should be balanced against those of other sections of the research community, such as funders and politicians.
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