For the Library Test Kitchen, the assignment this week was to document your research process. As it only seemed fair in a way, I did the homework too. As large swathes of my research happened online, I wondered how I could map that. How do I capture the path I’ve been on.
I saw evidence of this anonymous process in Loeb Library at Harvard, in the loose stuff left around on the tables. The books taken off the shelves, but not taken out. Especially when there’s a stack of them, all presumably pulled by the same person. At times, they begin to look like cairns along individual research paths.
What is the virtual corollary? Could online searching/browsing be sharable?