Hail or storm, the research we have always wanted, will be

by | Apr 21, 2015 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Or, What happened in the LARK
workshop Research you have always wanted,
but never had

By Suzana Sukovic

Torrential rain and gusty winds, described as the worst
weather in Sydney in five years, didn’t prevent 13 committed people from
gathering for a LARK workshop yesterday. The facade of the UTS Gehry building didn’t
attract much attention on approach as we were struggling with wild umbrellas,
but it all
got better from the foyer. After a warm welcome by UTS own Bhuva
Narayan and Edward Luca, a walk around the building and some refreshments, we
were ready to think about research. As always, there were some familiar and new
faces, and a good mix of library and information professionals of different
sorts, academics and teachers.
Three capable team leaders, Helen Chan, Ashley England and Janet
Chelliah, all from UTS Library, worked with me on workshop preparation but, at
the last moment, we decided to have two groups. Janet graciously let her
younger colleagues lead us through unpredictable waters of serious play. Helen
and Ashley brought a copious amount of physical materials, including even a piece
of fishing line to help us bring our grand ideas to surface.

I will abruptly stop here, curious reader. Our grand research
plans will be revealed in due time, but we’ll need your co-operation first. Could
you guess one or more of the following research-related questions?

What is the connection between elephant and

 What does the picture below represent? 

Why do we need a drone in the Research Fab Lab?  
(See the first picture above for clues)

Please use the comments field as your sandpit.

In the end, suffice to say, that our trip to the dinner
destination was adventurous, taking a path littered by broken umbrellas. But,
our efforts were well-rewarded. 


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