Friday, 4 November 2011

The lonliness of the long distance researcher

Just thought I'd mention a new article. This article by Pat Gannon-Leary, Elsa Fonthaina and myself was published last month in Library Hi Tech, v29(3):

"Prior research has highlighted the isolation felt by some researchers engaged in academic writing. This article aims to examine whether such isolation might be partially overcome by membership of an online community of writers (CoW), hosted by higher education library services. A review of the literature was followed by action research based around the authors' own long distance collaborative writing task in order to explore the issues at first-hand. Case studies of existing online writing communities known to the authors but not currently hosted by libraries were also undertaken. Themes emerging include the importance of finding a medium for a CoW that is familiar and comfortable. Motivators to join a CoW include demands that academics be research active. Demotivators may include lack of trust and reluctance to share." (Emerald/Library Hi Tech abstract)

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