Broadly speaking, research is a “goal-directed problem-solving activity” (Bruce Archer, 1965). When I first read this definition I thought “well hell, that means every person is engaging in research everyday”. The main difference between a practitioner and a researcher appeared to be that one did research in an informal way and the other formalised it… Read More How Archival Practitioners can do Research
As some of you may know my colleagues and I recently published an article on ‘Volunteers in Australian archives’. Read this post for a roadmap and to see that you can do research too.
In Private Lives, Public History researcher Anna Clark examined the Australian public’s relationship with history. Through her research, Clark established that the ‘everyday Australian’ (yes she knows how problematic this concept is) was mostly interested in history when it pertained to their personal history and identity. The GLAM sector as a whole has been tapping in… Read More Why Understanding Identity is Integral to GLAM
Lessons learned whilst doing fieldwork with Indigenous communities.… Read More Fieldwork in Indigenous Communities
I recently became excited when I learned that an Australian Information Management undergrad course contained subjects about research. This excitement dampened considerably when I was told the intent of the subject was to teach future information professionals about how to support the research activities of others, rather than to conduct research of their own.
For most archivists, research continues to be shrouded in mystery. Unfortunately this contributes to the growing gap between practitioners and researchers in our profession. This blog post debunks myths that are stopping people from doing research.
If the Care sector recognised that their records were evidence of a child’s life and therefore formed part of that child’s personal recordkeeping the nature of their records would be very different.
UPDATE: THIS STUDY HAS CONCLUDED. RESULTS ARE BEING PUBLISHED IN JULY 2017.
The irrefutable strength of social media is in its ability to break down barriers. We usually talk about this quality in terms of social media’s ability to overcome issues of time and space, but in this post I want to focus on its’ ability to overcome barriers between groups; say… between researchers and practitioners in… Read More No More Gatekeepers! Researchers and Practitioners
Being a reflective researcher is particularly crucial when conducting cross-cultural research.