Archive for May 27, 2010

PhD supervisors

I had a fortnightly meeting with my PhD supervisors on Tuesday…. everything has been going well, until this week. They told me that they’re not sure that they are the right people to be supervising my project, because they don’t have the right type of expertise. To be honest, I’m tending to agree as well. Over the last four weeks I’ve really started to narrow my topic down into a specific area, and I’m really pleased with how this is panning out. However, what happens next?

I need some new supervisors!

Back to the timeline

Or should I say… back in time (Har har).

Silly jokes aside, I need to make a decision about this timeline… Do I keep it objective, or do I put myself in it?

What I’m trying to do is to put together a timeline that highlights significant environmental, political, social events that have occurred from let’s say the formation of the American Library Association (ALA) in 1876 through to now. The aim of this, is to look at the events that lead up to the concept of a sustainable library (assuming of course, that we know what definition of sustainability we are using, and what a library is).

Here’s what I’ve got so far, and I’m interested to know your thoughts.


In my spare time, I’ve been tracking down a few films to watch that support my environmental/social justice research interests. Earlier this week I watched Sustainable Environments. It was good to help me keep focused on what I’m trying to achieve. It also made me consider closed loop systems, and how humans construct and invade. The end result of this, is that we need to look at what we’re doing, do it smarter and use less resources. I’m unsure as to whether or not we can truly be sustainable, after all.

Perhaps my topic should be renamed…. In the quest for sustainability… or some such.

As for other films, on Saturday night I’m going to a community event run by a new group called Adelaide Hills Sustainable Communities that I’ve joined. The films that are being screened are Fresh and In Transition.

I’m waiting for the University Library to purchase Soylent Green as well. Should be an interesting film to see. I can’t believe I haven’t seen it before!

If anyone hears of any interesting films, (especially documentaries) that I might be interested in, please let me know.