|Program Outcome 6 – Research|
|Evaluate, critique, and discuss new research in the field; assess library or information problems and identify an appropriate research method.
The artifact here is yet another example of my work to bring artists as information seekers to LIS research. In Li810 – Research in Library and Information Science, learning to write a proper research proposal was the main focus. A good proposal has several elements – problem statement, literature review, methodology, budget, etc. – but the most important thing is to find a problem that has value to the field and a clear need for further research.
I found a hole in the literature revolving around artists and their information seeking habits, and I wanted to shed light on this overlooked group. This research assignment taught me valuable lessons in many forms. Through this coursework I became more familiar with a rarely studied niche of information seekers, developed fine research and problem solving skills, and honed my writing down to a fine craft.