The Practicum Project
Thinking about the project-
The project is based on your practicum site - it should be specific to your work. For example, it might concern a collection, service and what you observe and experience about it. It should speak to issues and emerging needs and trends.
Projects can be focused in the Social Sciences or Humanities:
Electronic (virtual) services and collections studies
Discuss project ideas with your site supervisor to explore feasibility and applicability.
Some project elements: observation, discussion, data collection, analysis,
proposed solutions - outcomes, conclusions - recommendations.
Collections-based projects will provide or improve access to a collection,
illustrate and communicate its content and meaning, establish collection contexts and perspectives.
The Scientific Method
Note the role of observation.
Questionnaires and Surveys
Journal of Usability Studies
Read: Usability Testing of Travel Websites
What words and where? Applying usability testing techniques to name a new live reference service by
Vicky Duncan, BA, MLS, Information Services Librarian and Darlene M. Fichter, BA, MLS, Data Library Coordinator.
Thinking about project design-