Scheduling as research

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For many of us the Holidays bring many invitations in a short period of time.  Keeping up with them shows the Research as Inquiry frame (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015) in action.

Take any given invitation.  You start with the basic questions of date, time, and place.  Then you ask (at least to yourself) more detailed questions: Does the event conflict with a prior commitment?  Does it call for more formal or more casual dress?  Is the event a potluck?  If so, what are others bringing?  By asking such iterative questions you find out more about the event.  Then you can either politely decline the invitation or prepare to attend.

Likewise you manage a research topic by asking “increasingly complex or new questions” (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015, Research as Inquiry section).  Associated with the Research as Inquiry frame is the practice of using research to inform decision-making and action (ACRL, 2015).  Those decisions can concern a Holiday party or a research paper.  Here’s wishing you safe, happy celebrations!


Association of College & Research Libraries. (2015).  Framework for information literacy for higher education. Retrieved from ACRL website :

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