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1Snodgrass99
Mar 7, 2012, 12:06pm Top

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?

2waitingtoderail
Mar 8, 2012, 5:29am Top

What course is it?

3Sapiens1
Mar 8, 2012, 8:04am Top

Create an annotated bibliography on a topic that is interesting to you, and hopefully of interest to patrons. Very gratifying project!!

4Snodgrass99
Mar 9, 2012, 4:12am Top

Thanks Sapiens.

Waitingtoderail, course on services :S

5morwen04
Mar 10, 2012, 6:17pm Top

I had to create a couple of annotated bibliographies for my MLIS and I loved doing them. So I second that recommendation.

6Sapiens1
Mar 12, 2012, 2:22pm Top

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!!

7DanMat
Mar 12, 2012, 4:37pm Top

Something about mental illness would be pertinent.

8phranciscan
Mar 13, 2012, 11:57am Top

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.

9Snodgrass99
Mar 13, 2012, 5:57pm Top

thanks guys... considering many of your suggestions, really appreciate it.

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