How to Scholar(?)

In my doctoral program, there was a class that we colloquially referred to as “babydocs.” As it was taught the year I took it, the purpose of babydocs was two-fold: 1. to introduce us to the field of library and information science and the variety of potential research areas and 2. to introduce us to the skills a person needs to be a scholar.

It’s been over seven years since I started babydocs and I’m still trying to get that “how to be a scholar” part down. Here are the topics and skills babydocs covered in this vein:

  • Theory and methods
  • Literature reviews
    • searching for literature
    • reading other people’s literature reviews
    • managing literature
    • writing literature reviews
  • Peer review
  • Project management
  • Research ethics
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Presenting orally
  • Empirical research methods
  • Collaborative & interdisciplinary work
  • Creating posters
  • Writing research proposals
  • Grants and funding
  • Data management
  • Writing referred papers
  • Metrics

This was a two-semester course and that was only HALF of what we covered, with the other half being specific to our discipline.

I know how to do all of the things on this list, but I still haven’t created a cohesive framework or workflow that lets me do them in any but the most just-in-time manner. But a just-in-time scholar isn’t really the kind of scholar I want to be.

(And I do want to be a scholar, even though I’m not interested in tenure-track work.)

I share all of this because I’m going to try, all these years later, to create such a framework. Something that wasn’t part of babydocs.

I plan to blog about it and I thought y’all might like to follow along.

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Kimberly Hirsh, PhD @KimberlyHirsh
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