I really enjoyed Prof. Hartel’s guest lecture last Wednesday. I had already read her article “Managing documents at home for serious leisure” (2010) when I took Intro to Reference with her last fall. However, this time around I got more out of it, perhaps because I am in a research frame of mind – probably because I have my own topic to focus on and get excited about.
I believe that there is more than one fieldwork of information research because, broadly categorized, there is traditional librarianship and virtual librarianship (my categories). My research, investigating the relationship between students’ use of Facebook and their satisfaction with school, is in the virtual field.
Fieldwork for my research project would involve being a member of Facebook, subscribing to the various iSchool UofT pages/groups, and observing the activity on those pages/groups. I already do all of these!