Graduate Work

I am posting papers I have done for Library and Information Studies in this space. Feel free to read my work if you are interested!

A Study of the Digital Revolution in the Library and Information Sciences As Seen Through Two Years of the Journal  Information Technologies and Libraries

This is a paper I wrote comparing two years of the journal Information Technologies and Libraries. The assignment was to look at the differences in journal entries for two years, using one article from each year for a detailed analysis of the changes over time. I looked at 1981 and 2019, with a quick look at the beginning of the journal in 1968. I thought it was a very interesting assignment, and I enjoyed looking at the changes in computer technology and the internet, and connecting them to the changes that occurred with the invention of the printing press. (Clicking on the image will open up the PDF of the paper in a separate tab.)

An Archive By Any Other Name: The Organizational Structure of the Archive of Our Own

This was my final paper for the core class Information Organization and Access. The assignment was to analyze and evaluate a cultural heritage information system or domain, with cultural heritage meaning an established system that had enough structure for a detailed analysis. Many in the class worked on library systems, but I was very interested in looking at a completely digital system that did not have any connection to non-digital works. I chose the fanfiction archive website called the Archive of Our Own, because it had to design a unique information organization for catalog search, using a combination of social tagging and authority control that was fascinating to research. I wrote 25 pages, and felt I could have written twice that number if I looked at other aspects beyond the access and information organization. A very interesting study, which has made me extremely interested in the possible use of curated tagging as a way to enhance a library’s catalog search options.

Community College Students and the Library Experience

This paper is the basis for the LibGuide I created. While the paper is a summary of the information I researched, there was a lot more information gathered that directed the elements I felt needed to be included in a LibGuide for community college students. This work also gave me insight into the detailed research being done on the intersection of different libraries and integrating their services to better provide for the needs of the whole community. School libraries, public libraries, and academic libraries need to work better together for the future needs of the digital age and the issues facing information literacy. It was a fascinating topic to research.

Hospitality and Tourism LibGuide

This is the LibGuide I created for the class on Information Services and Sources. I created the guide for North Carolina community college students studying Hospitality and Tourism using Springshare’s LibGuide app. My studies on the needs of community college students in regards to library services did the most to inform how I structured this guide and the resources I included. Information literacy was one of the most important needs, so my first page includes a lot of information on how to choose a resource, research basics, and citation help.

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