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
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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