As countless case studies have shown (trust us – we’ve read them all), building an institutional repository is no easy feat. Being full-time graduate students with jobs, coursework, and personal lives AND building an IR is even less simple. As I’m sure many of our fellow students can attest, capstone projects are not without their challenges, and we’ve been facing our fair share.
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.
So my post my first post here will be dealing with the wild and wonderful world of GANTT charts. So exciting, I know. But to be honest, a good GANTT chart is the first step in the long process of project management. We are a team of six and, as such, it can be quite hard to keep tabs on everything we’re doing and where we are at with the small pieces that will eventually lead to the BIG PICTURE. In our case the big picture is the development of an Institutional Repository.
For our Masters program in Library and Information Studies in University College Dublin, rather than doing individual theses, we are encouraged to undertake Capstone projects; independent group work. Even the mere mention of the words ‘group work’ tend to inspire levels of fear and sweat in the average person. Knowing this was a project that needs to be completed to acquire the Masters degree, as well being a group of people the next nine months would be spent in close contact with, it’s safe to say that it was not an aspect of the degree most of us looked forward to.