Lokman Meho and Kiduk Yang, both Assistant Professors in the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University, will investigate "Citation Analysis of Library and Information Science Faculty Publications: ISI Databases and Beyond." Principal Investigator Meho, and Co-investigator Yang will utilize randomly selected publication lists of full-time faculty members to identify alternative and/or additional sources for locating citations to published works. The investigators will examine citation databases, full-text commercial databases, Internet sources, and subject-specific electronic journals. A federated citation search system prototype will be developed that will automate the complex and time-consuming process of citation identification and analysis from multiple sources.
Joyce Kanini Mbwesa, Lecturer in the Department of Extra Mural Studies at the University of Nairobi, will assess the information needs of distance learners and analyze the library services available to support those needs. Principal Investigator Mbwesa's study is titled "Assessment of Library Support Services for Distance Learners: A Case Study of the University of Nairobi, Kenya."
Jeffrey Pomerantz, Assistant Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will investigate "The Return on Investment of Collaborative Virtual Reference Service." This study will identify the impact of participating in a collaborative virtual reference service, in terms of the monetary and non-monetary costs and savings incurred by individual libraries and the collective as a whole. The findings will enable more rational economic decision-making by libraries regarding their participation in collaborative virtual reference services.
Louise Spiteri is Associate Professor in the School of Information Management at Dalhousie University. Her project, "The Use of Collaborative Tagging in Public Library Catalogues," will examine the structure and scope of folksonomies and the extent to which they parallel the norms used in the construction of controlled vocabularies such as Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), and the extent to which LCSH headings reflect user-derived folksonomies.