Zahra Premji, Research & Learning Librarian, Business, University of Calgary, chosen for the 2021 Research Grant Award sponsored by Emerald Publishing

Ms. Premji’s project was selected by the Emerald Research Grant Award Committee as the winner of the 2021 Emerald Research Grant Award. The proposed research is on the role of business librarians in supporting and collaborating on knowledge syntheses. The goal of the project is to identify areas where methodological rigor of existing reviews can be improved, create training opportunities that are customized for the business literature landscape, and describe the experiences of business librarians with supporting this type of research. The proposal included 1) a review of reviews study to map the current methodological gaps and reporting compliance of systematic reviews in business/management, 2) development of business-specific training workshops on systematic review methods which will be offered virtually, and 3) a mixed-methods study on business librarians involvement, challenges, and barriers to participation when it comes to knowledge syntheses. The mixed-methods study will include a survey and focus groups. The recent focus on transparency and replicability in scientific research makes this project timely and will hopefully position business librarian as experts and collaborators on knowledge synthesis methodologies.

Zahra Premji is an early-career research & learning librarian with liaison duties in business at the University of Calgary. Her research interests include innovation in teaching through active learning and gamification of learning, and knowledge synthesis methodologies.

BRASS Research Grant Award selection committee was Chaired by Orolando Duffus.

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