Wednesday, 18 September 2013

week 2 follow-up and slides

Here's a follow-up to this week's lecture on "Major Paradigms in Information Research." At the beginning of class I mentioned a couple of Inforum resources that should prove really helpful in different ways:
Conducting research: a selected bibliography of Inforum holdings:

iSkills: Professional, Academic, and Training Workshops:

The Prezi presentation for the lecture itself may be viewed here below. I will also be posting a downloadable version of the slides to BB, where you can also find a link to the free software to download to view Prezi files offline. I wasn't able to get through everything today, but some of the slides toward the end can remain mysterious for now, and I'll find ways to work them into future lectures. The Darwin images at the end will definitely show up in our "thinking through writing" class not far down the road.

The U.S. patent filed for the 1935 book reader device we discussed can be found here: . A tip of the hat to my RA Matthew Wells for finding this.

References for sources I drew upon for the lecture (in addition to the course texts):
Bates, M. (1999). The invisible substrate of information science. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 50(12), 1043-50.

Steinmetz, G. (Ed.). (2005). The politics of method in the human sciences: Positivism and its epistemological others. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Burke, P. (2000). A social history of knowledge: from Gutenberg to Diderot. Cambridge: Polity. (I was drawing mostly from his section titled "Varieties of Knowledge," pp. 82-90)
The slides also contain images from volumes held at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, which will show up in future lectures but whose full reference info I'll include here:
Robert Hooke. Micrographia, or, Some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses, with observations and inquiries thereupon. London, 1665. []

Charles Darwin. [proof sheets for] The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. London: J. Murray, 1872. []
The Fisher Library is attached to our building through Robarts, and is the best rare book library in Canada (and one of the best in the world). If you are curious about these books, don't hesitate to call them up and go see them at the Fisher -- that's why the library exists

Happy reading, and see you all next week for our class on designing research proposals.

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