Standing Order: The Relationship Between Canada's Book Publishers and Public Libraries

When I first considered doing an independent study, I remember talking to Lynne and her recommending that I look through some of the past studies that were archived at the GRC.  I went and paged through them and have to admit, I checked specifically to see which was the shortest one.  “Okay,” I thought.  “If I can get 30 pages like this other person did, I can do this.” 

I've just printed the final version of my individual study to join the others in the GRC archive (final version but there's probably a few mistakes still in there.  I've read it so many times, it doesn't even register anymore.  And I've done nearly 30 (!) different drafts of this project over the semester) and the funniest thing is that I'm probably submitting one of the longest individual studies they'll have – 50 pages of text in the actual document, 10 pages of appended comments from people I interviewed, 6 pages of slides (which would've been another 30 pages if I'd printed one slide per page with notes instead of 6 slides per page).  Oh, and a few pages for bibliography too!

So if you're looking for some light reading for the semester break, here you go:

Standing Order – The Proposal (20 kb PDF)
Standing Order – The Document (230 kb PDF)
Standing Order – The Presentation (with speaking notes) (643 kb PDF)

Lynne has suggested that I try to get it published somewhere so any feedback or suggestions towards my next revision would be appreciated (although not acted on in any type of timely fashion.  I need a break from this project!)

Comments 2

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Oh Jason, I'm glad you did such a thorough job & YOU WERE SO INTO IT — your presentation was great, and I wish you the best of luck on getting your work published…I needed this today — just as I was finishing up touches to my Ethics Proposal and wondering what it will be like to pursue my own project with Lynne supervising (and Pam too)…I FEEL BETTER NOW — well, esp that I *think* I've done my last edit on the Ethics…Handing it in tomorrow a.m. to Lynne.
    If ANYONE out there is thinking of doing an independent study or research project, START MAKING INQUIRIES AHEAD. I waited until too late in semester ONE and all the profs were busy. But I'm very happy I waited. I know so much more POST-SEMESTER TWO.
    SO!!! Keep us posted on publication rights, Jason & I'd love to give your work a careful read — NEXT WEEK. Burn-out is setting in. I just want to go for my first swim in a pool this summer. FIrst swim anywhere all summer. Can't believe that.

    Posted 09 Aug 2006 at 4:27 am
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Thanks for the compliments and the other thoughts – especially about the lead time to do an individual study/research project. It was actually quite a fluke that I ended up in Lynne's office talking about the Lunch Bucket series early in term one (I believe her question was “Do you know how busy this program will be without taking on extra work?”) and the idea of doing an individual study came out of that conversation. So “Start making inquiries ahead” is great advice and I would add “Don't be afraid to ask somebody – the worst they can say is 'no'.”
    From what you've told me, I think your project is going to be awesome and I would love to read your ethics proposal and any other preliminary documents you have this week as well (am I already missing library school-type reading? Yikes!)
    You know that *any* publication news related to any of my papers (including this one) will be on this blog before the pixels are dry on the confirmation e-mail!

    Posted 14 Aug 2006 at 4:35 am
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