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Another review of Review of Williamson, K. and Johanson, G. (eds.) (2013) Research Methods: Information, Systems, and Contexts

It is always with trepidation one approaches a review of one’s work, or in this case of a book in which one has some chapters. It is an interesting review, and thankfully very positive.

Maceviciute, E. (2014). Review of: Williamson, Kirsty & Johanson, Graeme. (Eds.)Research methods: information, systems and contexts.. Prahran, VIC, Auistralia: Tilde Publishing, 2013. Information Research19(1), review no. R501 Available at:

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Reviews of Williamson, K. & Johanson, G. (eds.) (2013) Research Methods: Information, Systems, and Contexts

Very pleased to see two positive reviews of a book in which I have authored or co-authored three chapters. The book is;

Williamson, K. & Johanson, G. (eds.) (2013) Research Methods: Information, Systems, and Contexts . Tilde Publishing, Prahran, Victoria. pp113-138 ISBN 978-0-7346-1148-2

The first review is in Library Review, Vol 62, no 8/9 by Peta Wellstead, who is Senior Lecturer at Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand and editor of JELIS.

The second review is in the AARL for the December 2013 issue. This  review is written by Dr Mark Brogan of Edith Cowan University in which he praises the book in general and among others singles out strengths in the chapter:

Cecez-Kecmanovic, D. & Kennan, M.A. (2013) Chapter 5. The methodological landscape: Information systems and knowledge management in Research Methods: Information, Systems, and Contexts Williamson, K. & Johanson, G. (eds.). Tilde Publishing, Prahran, Victoria. pp113-138

The book is available from Tilde and contains the following chapters:

Part I – Foundations and Framing
Chapter 1 – Research concepts
Chapter 2 – The fundamentals of research planning
Chapter 3 – Information research: Patterns and practice
Chapter 4 – Archival and recordkeeping research: Past, present and future
Chapter 5 – The methodological landscape: Information systems and knowledge management
Part II – Research Methods
Chapter 6 – Survey designs
Chapter 7 – Case study research in information systems
Chapter 8 – Action research: Theory and practice
Chapter 9 – Constructivist grounded theory: A 21st century research methodology
Chapter 10 – Bibliometric research
Chapter 11 – Design-science research
Chapter 12 – Researching history
Chapter 13 – Ethnographic research
Chapter 14 – Experimental research
Part III – Research Techniques
Chapter 15 – Population and samples
Chapter 16 – Questionnaires, individual interviews and focus group interviews
Chapter 17 – Observation
Chapter 18 – Quantitative data analysis
Chapter 19 – Qualitative data analysis
Part IV – Research Practice and Communication
Chapter 20 – Ethical research practices
Chapter 21 –  Managing research data
Chapter 22 –  Research writing and dissemination

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“Recent developments in scholarly communication: A review” by Colin Steele

In the most recent issue of the Australian Library Journal, Colin Steele, previous University Librarian and current Emeritus Fellow at the Australian National University, has written a themed review of  three recent books on scholarly communication:

In the process of the review, many of the current developments in scholarly communication are discussed. Well worth a read. If you or your institution don’t subscribe to the journal, an open access author’s final version is available in the ANU institutional repository.

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Shut up and write

Following a post by the Thesis Whisperer in 2011, Jake Wallis a colleague in Wagga, set up Shut up and Write (SUAW) sessions. Read about the provenance of SUAW and how SUAW works in the Thesis Whisperer’s original post: . In these sessions, for some reason writing  blocks are overcome, writing flows and in the small amount of time, a disproportionate amount of writing seems to happen. However, re the Wagga SUAW sessions: I work in Sydney. I tried to Skype in, video conference in, and in other ways remotely be a part of these sessions. Alas, it never quite worked.  Although i enjoyed and found useful participating in these sessions when I was physically with my colleagues in Wagga, this was one aspect of remotely working that never quite worked for me. There is something to be said for sometimes being together with colleagues, friends, collaborators, fellow travelers on the writing journey. Just as coffee sometimes tastes better with a companion, so writing (sometimes) happens better in company. Who knew? So – I am pleased to report that CSU Olympic Park, has just led its first Shut up and Write session. And yes, a lot has been achieved, including in the last moments, this blog post (blogging is writing – yes?).


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CSU Faculty of Education Higher Degree by Research Forum

Spending the current three days in Bathurst with colleagues. HDR students and supervisors coming together to share. Great presentations by many students on their work. Also interesting general sessions, for example by Professor Sid Bourke from the University of Newcastle on his group’s ( research into what we know about PhD candidature and examination, Professor Tara Brabazon from CSU on “Ten Truths your supervisor will never tell you” (based on her Times Higher Ed piece, and Professor Lisa Given on “It’s all about the thesis [not]: strategies for building your career profile while an HDR student”. Good stuff in all for both students and supervisors to think about. And something to look forward to this afternoon, the CSU Three Minute Thesis Grand Finals!

And the nice thing is that while we are inside listening to interesting stuff, we can look outside the window and see Kangaroos just chilling out!Image

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Great post on balancing giving and taking on the Thesis Whisperer!

A conundrum in life – how much to give, how much to take and how to balance it all. Read a great guest post on the Thesis Whisperer blog by Dr Judy Robertson who is a senior lecturer in computer science at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland for some food for thought.

Read it in full here:

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DIY research data management training

Robin Rice at  EDINA and Data Library, University of Edinburgh pointed me in the direction of this useful resource for DIY research data management training for librarians. A self training kit titled MANTRA

The developers of the kit acknowledge the significant time commitment required for busy professionals to develop and conduct  professional development activity such as this. While the online course could conceivably be worked through by individuals it is suggested  that it may be best taken in small groups facilitated by an experienced data librarian and  facilitator material and schedule is provided. The online modules are a good mix of text, podcasts, visual and other materials. The areas covered are:

Session 1: Data management planning

Session 2: Organising & documenting data

Session 3: Data storage & security

Session 4: Ethics & copyright

Session 5: Data sharing

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