At the beginning of this week my main concern was to collect and assimilate the information that would get me to the right place at the right time. Once I was in those right places though there was of course a whole lot more to do than just be there -- information descended in a steady flow, occasionally becoming a deluge, and at some heady moments, tricky rapids.
Our first Research Methods lecture left me feeling first exhilarated – all that orderly knowledge waiting to become part of my understanding! -- then anxious; so many skills to acquire, and so little time to do it in.
Now it’s the end of the week. I survived the gruelling schedule of Information Tuesdays. The tutorials elucidated some of the mysteries – particularly of INF1003. On Thursday a tour of the Inforum opened yet more information doors. Could sense evolve from so much over so few days? After the tour I sat down with a book – an actual physical book—and to my great relief found that words on pages still spoke volumes. After the first chapter of Luker I was smiling; this, I thought, is a great lifeboat. She is offering not only an approach to research, but to graduate school survival! Thank you to Kristin Luker for writing the book, and to Professor Grimes for choosing it as a course text.
And now I haven written and posted my first ever online piece! Information has become knowledge, and knowledge, I hope, will eventually become understanding.
Thank you to Maggie for setting this up, and to Rustam for creating the mailing list and kicking us off on the blog.