It is not unusual for support (allied or general) staff in New Zealand polytechnics to have advanced degrees. Academically prepared librarians, for example, with their information seeking skills, knowledge of sources and referencing ability, make valuable researchers, whether in a team or individually. A large body of international library research literature testifies to the involvement of overseas librarians in research. Is this matched in New Zealand? The author, herself a librarian/researcher, surveyed polytechnic library managers to find out the number of libraries where approved research is actually being done and the nature of this research. Results are discussed and analysed in terms of the literature, facilitating factors and the applied and responsive nature of polytechnic research.
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