So I have an idea, but I have a few concerns…
My idea is to explore the information needs of the students attending BIHE (Baha’i Institute for Higher Education). It is an underground university for Baha’i students in Iran and was founded in 1987. Baha’is are heavily persecuted in Iran and are, accordingly, barred from attending university. This underground, grassroots solution offers 18 undergraduate degrees, which graduates have been accepted to more than 86 graduate programs outside of Iran, including Harvard, Yale, and San Jose State University.
My primary concern is maintaining the anonymity of students and faculty; the various underground facilities are occasionally raided and known professors and students are regularly jailed. It should also be stated that I am a member of the Baha’i Faith – so I’m not sure if this would count as a ‘conflict of interest’, so to speak.
Any feedback is greatly appreciated!
Hi @aimee9 I think this might be problematic. The assignments are all focused on information seeking and the various information behaviors of the chosen community. You would need to find LIS peer-reviewed research related or closely related to the community. This is really all literature-based research as well – with a bit of exploration on open, community-focused resources online. I think you are wise to note the issues with privacy, etc. Perhaps there is another community you are interested in?
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So I have an idea, but I have a few concerns…My idea is to explore the information needs of the students attending BIHE (Baha’i Institute for Higher Education). It is an underground university for Baha’i students in Iran and was founded in 1987. Baha’is are heavily persecuted in Iran and are, accordingly, barred from attending university.…[Read more]– Aimee Piper (@aimee9) September 10, 2017
I see that you’re Baha’i. I’m in the middle of researching one of my ancestors, Susie I. Moody, who became Baha’i in 1903 and traveled to Iran soon after to be a doctor to the Baha’i community there. I’d love to talk sometime about how I could find more information about her (I’ve found quite a bit online) and the Baha’i community. I’m not Baha’i, but find it an interesting religion and want to make sure I write about it and its history correctly.
If you’re up for talking some time (no rush, my research is on the backburner at the moment), or know someone I could reach out to, I’d really appreciate it!
Wow! I have heard a bit about your dear sweet ancestor’s story – and I’d love to learn along beside you! I’ll DM soon and we can get chatting! Thanks for reaching out 🙂