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Fwd: fascinating! Interviewed prof abt her research methods. She's completely shifted topic/field/method. So much to ponder abt her info finding (via
So, this was a poli sci prof, who moved from researching Hannah Arendt to doing oral history on women baseball players. And in part, this shift was facilitated by doing oral history as the methodology. her more formal research process is what's fascinating to me -- she joined a number of new professional associations, attended the conferences, and started getting their journals - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
This was her information seeking behavior! (and the journals are all in stacks in her office, unopened, still in the plastic delivery wrap....) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Do you see this approach to info seeking in your faculty? Professional associations and conferences as *primary and fundamental* way of staying up in field? Not even reading TOCs? - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I see this in librarians. There was a quote from an Annual attendee that was something along the lines of "enough stuff to keep me thinking all year long"--which sounded a lot like not doing anything else throughout year. - Hedgehog
I see this in senior engineers - too busy to keep up on the tons of lit coming out, can go to a conference and sit in sessions to get caught up. they know which sessions to attend bcs they know who's who in the field. - Christina Pikas
I don't read TOCs. (Well, okay, a few. If I can get them via RSS.) Most of my professional reading comes from people on FF and Twitter who know their shit, read a lot, and post what they read. Not too different from this prof. - RepoRat
But, RR, would you write a book with a theoretical structure based on that input alone? - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Without knowing what else she's read or been reading, or knowing her schedule for getting to the lit in those other areas, it's really hard to tell. There are a lot of variables at play here. - Katy S
This was her explanation of her research method. The book is almost done (her 3rd, all university press titles), she wants to meet with me before Thanksgiving for a tutorial or two on finding material on the library website, for the lit review chapter. I asked a bunch of different ways about how she was finding literature, books, articles, etc, and the answers came back to these conferences she attended since the 2nd book, and the people she met there, and the books she's sent for review - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
As I said, I am fascinated. I'm looking forward to reading over the transcript. But she was pretty clear. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
It sounds interesting! If she is mostly doing ethnography based on oral histories, it doesn't sound terribly off in terms of process. A lot of people have more lit-review background before starting, but I can see this being feasible. - Katy S
yep. I've been trying to imagine my approach, if I went from my book/lit/content centered world into an oral history based process, and still keep thinking I would want to be reading all these framing things as I went. But she's thrilled to be completely submerged in the interviews, and has maybe one or two notes on each history to follow up on with literature context. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I'm only supposed to do one interview/semester (workload on the transcriber), but I am so excited about this approach! I want to know if this is common or unusual, etc. Plus, what a fantastic way to get to know my faculty. I'm loving it! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan