This paper is about a pedagogical experiment which will be implemented at Uppsala University, with research groups at masters level. The aim is to better integrate research and education at the department, give the tutors a chance to conduct research and get research merits also on the basis of their tutorial work, stimulate research cooperation and create more interesting master thesis topics for the students.
The groups will have 3–4 students, working with individual sub studies connected to a major joint research project. Their tutor will be the leader and the main responsible for this project and has to write a final report where the conclusions are drawn. This report is supposed to be published and presented at an international conference. An important aim is also to create projects with close connections to library practice in order to bridge the gap between LIS research and library practice.
Since this experiment has just started, nothing can be said about final results. 13 students have declared their interest in participating and three research groups will start working in September 2010. The work will be completed in June 2011.
In Uppsala LIS is a part of the Faculty of Arts. In the Humanities research is still conducted generally as individual projects, both at masters and PhD levels, but also when it comes to senior researchers. Hopefully this experiment will show that research groups can be another fruitful way of working. Hopefully it will also result in a strengthening of the ties between LIS research and library practice.