Research ideas for LS 502

A perk of my summer internship was several MLIS graduates offering up some research ideas.

  • Trends of who is borrowing through ILL – different groups (age/gender/whatever) than a decade ago?
  • Movement of restricting ILL borrowing. It’s getting more restrictive I hear. What is this due to? Why would libraries want to restrict getting books to those who take the effort to do ILL?
  • Metadata schema uploads – UF has a specialized system of doing this. How many others do this? I thought there was a software program existing for doing this. Survey of colleges and questioning of the software company on why these needs aren’t being met?

I would really like to do some informatics items – like why is only the health industry seeming to do this shared research data? National Library of Health is giving out grants for these things.


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