Project Ideas for MLIS
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I have to do a project/research on a topic (on anything) for my MLIS course. I can't think of anything. I did my previous project last semester on LibraryThing and I really enjoyed it. I was thinking of doing something similar that isn't too technical, business related or boring. Any suggestions? Or ideas?
Create an annotated bibliography on a topic that is interesting to you, and hopefully of interest to patrons. Very gratifying project!!
I had to create a couple of annotated bibliographies for my MLIS and I loved doing them. So I second that recommendation.
Services? One of my favorites is ILL. Maybe you could report on the variety of systems used for ILL. How is it done by Gov't libraries vs. academic libraries. How many items change hands per year? (I recently heard it's like over 1B!!)
Another cool service that I use a lot is online browsing. I think of a book or an author (like, just heard about on Writer's Almanac, or in the NYT Book Reviews) log in to my PL, search the item in the desired format, hit the button for "request item." Eventually I receive an email letting me know that my item is ready to be picked up. How cool can that be?? I don't even have to wander the stacks any more (though I still like that method too!).
Combining the two, I recently did an ILL through my PL for a video - Sometimes a Great Notion. I read the book, loved it, then learned they had made the movie. My PL was able to ILL the item from far across the country - from NM to MD!!
Life is very good!!! Have fun with your project!!
How about some aspect of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) of 1996? It might not be the most exciting topic, but it does offer a window into how a number of Libraries make something out of ever-shrinking budgets with the help of the government.
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