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.
Why do volunteers choose to contribute thousands of unpaid hours per week to Australian archives? This paper presents the results of a nationwide web survey that provides insight into the demographics, motivations, and experiences of volunteers in Australian archives.… Read More Volunteers in Australian Archives
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.
UPDATE: Following extensive campaigning, Trove received a commitment of $16.4 million in Dec 2016.
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
I am forever battling against this assumption that those who are realistic (even cynical and pessimistic) are more intelligent.
I was asked to prepare a video presentation of my research for the Masters of Education students of Australian Catholic University. A transcript of the presentation is included below with links to useful resources for those who are interested.
As researchers in the interpretivist paradigm we are expected to grapple and come to some sort of understanding of our participants’ worldview. This strikes me as an impossible task.