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Daily Notes 16 March 2012

Notes from supervisor:

  • The general idea is very good
  • Would probably consider just using 2 case studies
  • Starting point – children’s education and museums – literature search
  • If you plan on talking to the education staff at any institutions will need an ethics approval – good to start this now

Today’s literature search terms:

  • “children’s education and museums”
  • “children’s education and galleries”

Databases consulted (accessed via ANU):

  • Wiley Online Library
  • JSTOR
  • Project Muse
  • Art Full Text (H.W. Wilson Online)

Notes for remembering later:

  • Formal, informal, and non-formal education
  • “Museums AND education”
  • Mendeley Tip: Notes and Annotations
  • Literature search/review matrix
  • Bunch of article refs in OneNote folder

 

Daily Update: 15 March 2012

Today the power was out from first thing this morning until a little after 5pm. And due to the limited life of my laptop’s battery, I started the day in my notebook (possibly at the pub, where we maybe had lunch).

Without the distraction of the internet (in conjunction with my dead phone battery), I easily completed the final draft of my exhibition proposal (which I’d convinced myself was due tomorrow but, having just checked my diary for something else, is actually due Monday!)

I emailed my thesis supervisor, once the power came back on, about my thesis thoughts. Included the following:

My thesis ideas are heading towards looking at children in galleries (participatory programs, exhibition design, best practice, etc.) and using the NGA, NGV, and QAG as my case studies (relatively easy to visit, significant institutions, varying program structures, etc.) The general ‘question’/‘discussion topic’ I fleshed out before summer school is the following:

Children’s programs and resources at the NGA, NGV, and QAG: best practice, appropriateness of programs and resources, and the involvement of children throughout the institution.

I want to investigate the varying definitions of ‘children,’ what’s working and what’s not, where the institutions differ, how the programs are developed/run, and then try to form some concept of ‘best practice’ for involving children in Australian galleries, etc. and perhaps include some sort of exhibition proposal package as a way of demonstrating how these ideas could be realised by institutions.

From #ChifleyLibrary: Best. Package. Ever.

Today I received what has been dubbed the “Nerdiest. Package. Ever.” from my uni library services. Volumes one and two of Marcie Muir’s A Bibliography of Australian Children’s Books (1970 & 1976). Best use of my (compulsory but deferrable) student fees as an off-campus student. (And yes, yes I do intend to use and abuse this service for my thesis – suckahs shoulda neva let me know about it!)


Source: Me via Instagram

Today has also seen me:

  • Wake up at 7.09am (when the ooolllddd alarm on my even older phone went off – woops!)
  • Eat a crumpet for breakfast and wuffle with Charlie dog before…
  • Going next door to clean the holiday rental (and subsequently find a bunch of minor maintenance issues)
  • Writing some intro and planning points for my (mock) exhibition catalogue essay before…
  • Heading to the post office to check the mail and receive the “Best. Package. Ever.”
  • Subsequent reading of newly acquired books ensued
  • Followed by a brief mental break to watch the first episode of Dance Academy season two via iView


Me via Instagram

  • Before my landlord appeared at my front door bearing a scanner for me to borrow (for which I had asked for in an email I sent her less than an hour previously!)
  • And now it is 1716 and I am all done with reading my books (but possibly still have some articles that need reading, I’ll have to check my Mendeley!) and need to hit the clickety-clackety of writing this essay before the thoughts all leave my head.

On a side note, today also saw me chatting with the NLA (@nlagovau) via Twitter about my research and people to contact in regard to it. Score one for social networking!

Achievement Unlocked: productive afternoon

Achieved Today
Cleaned the bathroom
Had a nap
Read five articles

I spent about three to four hours this afternoon doing some ‘starter’ research for my exhibition package’s catalogue (my summer school project). It’s making me feel like maybe I want to change the direction of my (potential) thesis! And I’d love too include an exhibition proposal/plan within my thesis 🙂

Exhibition Title
Still Reading Picture Books: highlights from the Marcie Muir Collection of the National Library of Australia.

I’m looking into Muir’s collecting policies and practices, and how these are reflected in her collection (which is now held by the NLA).

Life Update and Today’s Academic Accountability Schedule

Life Update

  • 24-26/2: Spent a faboo weekend at Karingal campsite with some lovely ladies from the NSW and ACT Olave Program (more to come on that – possibly on a dedicated blog/journal for my Guiding)
  • 26-27/2: Spent a fun night at the farm (and was given a bunch of estate sale finds from my MIL – win!)
  • 28/2-3/1: Visited Canberra (a whirlwind tour) with Daniel and caught up with more people than I thought possible
  • Wrote my action plan for my OBP award (more to come on that)

Academic Accountability (plus some for the home)

My goals for today:

  • Listen to the audio/video references I’ve bookmarked for my exhibition proposal
  • Read current references for exhibition proposal
  • Read articles on wall labels >> start drafting some wall labels for exhibition proposal
  • Clean the kitchen
  • Clean the bathroom
  • Re-file the documents we took to Canberra (because losing a birth/marriage certificate is annoying!)

To remember

Requested from ANU library via the Off-Campus Service:
Muir, Marcie. A bibliography of Australian children’s books. Deutsch, 1970.

Daily Update 27.1.2012

I have put my thesis thoughts on the back-burner as I am leaving for summer school in a week. This means I am intensively analysing resources, preparing to write lots, and planning what to wear.

Today I have: finished looking at/reading/listening to/watching most of Day 1’s resources. This does not sound like much, but there are 23 resources provided for Day 1.  I also did some running around and errands for home.


Source

Winter Edition: Day 2 > Monochrome


Bracelet, Swarovski (staff product); Shoes, Rivers; Everything else, BigW

Monochrome: blue — blue is Daniel’s favourite colour and one of mine too. My engagement ring has (blue) sapphires and diamonds, reflecting our sameness and differences.

I have  never had a big shopping budget. Sure, I have a few more expensive ‘staple’ pieces in the wardrobe, but the majority of items were purchased from inexpensive chain stores. This isn’t to say I buy ‘cheap’ items — I still scrutinise every item I purchase for quality and wearability (these items have all been in my wardrobe 1+ years) — but my lifestyle and budget require me to be a little more savvy with all purchases I make.

Today I am running errands in town and then hitting the books. I printed my first day’s worth of reading materials for summer school yesterday afternoon, in preparation for a productive #AcWri day today.

Winter Edition: Day 1 > Layer it


Can you tell I am a pro at self portraiture?
Yoshi tee (JayJays); white hoodie (Mambo); denim skirt (BigW)

We drove to Merimbula today for our weekly shopping extravaganza. I knew it would be a cooler-ish day, but also sunny, so I went with a skirt and then layered a long sleeved (light-weight) hoodie under my (fave) Yoshi tee. I like to drive with the sleeves down, so then I do not get any sunburn.

Right now I am drinking Lady Grey tea and eating almonds. Daniel has gone to bed, I have a pile of papers to start reading (for summer school), and my hot water system has finally been fixed.

Mind Mapping 19.1.2012

We all know I love a good stream of thought dialogue, but that technique was not appropriate for me today when I was brainstorming some thesis topic thoughts. So I turned to (my beloved) mind-mapping:

Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App
My first mind map of the day
The pencil was during a Skype chat with my mum

Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App
Second mind map of the day
Starting to refine my ideas further; working towards a specific topic

Daily Goals Update

After talking with Jenn, I have decided that my current #AcWri goals need to be tweaked a little. I will read two articles a day, but I will also spend time working towards my monthly goal (refining my thesis topic to something more specific). Once I  have gotten approval for my topic, and can start research towards it, I will re-tweak my #AcWri goals.

Daily Update 17.1.12

So yesterday I accomplished the following:

  • Read one academic article and one UN convention paper (on the rights of children)
  • Got my haircut (picture to come) — and this morning, after eight months of laziness, I also got my eyebrows re-shaped
  • Did two loads of washing (‘full time’ work over summer has left me well behind in the housework department)

Things I need to start doing more every day:

  • Making exercise a priority (I am not concerned about my weight, I am just concerned that I am becoming physically unhealthily lazy)
  • Having a general clear up around the house
  • Walking Charlie (this is for me, but mostly for him – it is not fair keeping him cooped up so much)
  • Spend time sewing (this is my main hobby and I have neglected it, meaning my quilt is only partially pieced)
  • Read more for pleasure

My goals for today:

  • Email my landlord/boss with notes about cleans I did this morning
  • Read two academic articles
  • Have an overview look at QAG, NGA, and NGV (re: curating for kids)
  • Write a daily schedule (to fit in the above list, plus my studies and with room to do any cleaning work)

What are your plans for today? What are your goals for every day?