I was going to try and make this post exciting and witty but I’m not sure that’s possible with a topic like literature reviews. Instead I’m going to aim for endearing and motivating, topping it off with the sprinkle of tenacity that’s needed to read twenty articles in the first week of Easter break.
The tale of Team Lit Review began as all our stories do, in Room 106. A small group huddled against the chill, a task that needed to be completed and a time fast approaching when it had to be done. Our chosen heroes are Hanna, Dermot agus mise, Megan. The chosen time was 11am. The place was, of course, Room 106. We were about to begin a journey that we might never fully come back from. Meanwhile our fellow intrepid explorers, Sam, Ali and Micheál, had their own quest to create a working methodology, but I’ll leave that story to them.
Room 106 was cold but the burritos were warm. I had my ever present bottle of Pepsi Max. We were ready to tackle this. The entire capstone group had helped us prepare for our quest by adding plenty of literature to Zotero, a handy browser add-on to help manage references. We divided up the resources making sure no one person was overburdened. We all had to make it through the reading if we were to ever get to the actual writing.
Each article was to be annotated and tagged using terms we’d agreed were most relevant. We hadn’t stopped looking for more literature just yet – we were young and optimistic and believed we could read it all. We left Room 106 and went our separate ways to complete our tasks. Over the Easter break much was accomplished. Chocolate was found and eaten, conferences were attended, weddings were celebrated and over sixty articles were annotated.
On a bright Thursday morning our heroes once again came together in Room 106. Here we divided up the sections of the literature review itself. Dermot requested marketing and was granted it along with planning and the history and background of institutional repositories. Hanna accepted digital curation models, policies (which I’m working very hard to spell correctly from now on), legal implications, certification and usability. I scooped up technology, metadata, security and maintenance. With serious nods we donned our coats and gathered our bags. When we saw each other again as a team we would have a very rough first draft. No pressure.
That’s where we are right now. After a week we will reconvene, in the James Joyce Library this time. The individual pieces will joined together and entrusted to our Journalist Knight, Hanna, to edit. We must sound as one voice and Hanna knows how to make that happen. With crossed fingers and bated breath the completed edited draft will be sent to Amber.
We’ll have to wait to hear feedback but the bulk of the literature review will be completed. Once Amber gives her input it’ll be back to work to incorporate her comments into the review. In an ideal world this will be quick and easy and, quest complete, we’ll be free to enjoy the (potential) sun. But college is rarely so easily and demons previously vanquished come back, demanding to be dealt with one more time.
The time will come when there will be no more edits or revisions and we’ll be happy to term the lit review complete. But until then there’s no rest for the wicked.