Suggested Project, Essay and Thesis Topics for Library and Information Science

Choosing a project or thesis topic to write on can be quite challenging, especially when you have no idea on how and where to start. Today we will bring you list of possible project and thesis topics in Library and Information Science.

This list is not exhaustive or complete. Almost all of the topics mentioned can be developed in many ways.

  1. Academic library as an essential service on a campus during emergencies such as fire and severe weather (rain, snow, floods)
  2. Accreditation and the role of the academic library in undergraduate, graduate, and other teaching programs (adult, community, distance education)
  3. Acquisition and deployment of technology in the library environment
  4. Adaptive equipment technology for supporting handicapped persons in the library environment
  5. Administration and leadership of interlibrary loan departments, consortia, cooperatives, networks
  6. Advances in search engine technology and their impacts on libraries
  7. Analyses and your library’s use of an analysis, e.g., cost-benefit analysis, gap analysis, customer-satisfaction analysis, needs analysis, root cause analysis, SWOT analysis, what-if analysis)
  8. Art work display in the academic library to promote spirituality or to support liberal arts and the humanities among students/faculty
  9. Articulation of an information policy for a campus
  10. Bar codes and RFID tags: types, library and special collection applications, use in library asset tracking
  11. Benchmarking as a means to achieve outcomes; your libraryÂ’s use of benchmarking and the results, problems, opportunities
  12. Campus community’s perception of the library as a hospitable environment for reading, study, and research
  13. Challenge of providing library services with shrinking resources; doing more with what you have to improve programs, services, and collections
  14. Challenges and opportunities in migrating to Web-based information services
  15. Challenges of implementing technology, including deployment, training, upgrading
  16. Change management in the library environment for organizational renewal
  17. Changing nature of circulation in numbers and ways to stimulate print and media circulation
  18. Changing nature of library space requirements to meet student and collection requirements
  19. Changing nature of reference questions in type and number
  20. Changing role and value of union lists with the availability of electronic full-text journal databases
  21. Changing role of the librarian from collection development specialists to specialists who develop pathfinder guides (subject, topic) to harness the Internet’s unstructured free-form information
  22. Clientele expectations as exacerbated by e-business practices: effect on library’s business practices, business alliances and partnerships, vendor relationships, one-to-one relationship management with patrons
  23. Clientele expectations: librarians generally view our customers/patrons through the prism of our collections. What are effective strategies for flipping this to see our collections through our customer’s eyes?
  24. Collaboration opportunities (or reports of such collaborations) with other educational/cultural institutions such as colleges and universities, historical societies, museums, professional or trade associations, public schools K-12, social agencies, etc.
  25. Collection development strategies for academic programs
  26. Common culture created/supported/enhanced by the academic library on campus
  27. Communications plan as a tool for developing community relations to connect with faculty and administrators, e.g., how to write, how to use, how to budget for expenditures for advertising, etc.
  28. Consortia delivery systems for continuing education, books and journals, technical support services, training
  29. Cooperative purchasing and shared collections between and among libraries
  30. Coping with tight budgets by eliminating the overlap between print and electronic subscriptions
  31. Copyright issues with interlibrary loan and electronic reserves
  32. Core collections for children’s literature in a higher education library that supports a teacher education program of instruction
  33. Core digital resources for small and/or medium size libraries (academic, public, special)
  34. Core technology and/or emerging technology trends in the library environment
  35. Cost or time study of library programs, services, and collections, including description of the methodology and outcomes at your library
  36. Cost-drivers and the criteria for selecting cost drivers for various library activities, e.g., automation, communications, facilities and physical plant, human resources, public services, public and community relations, technical services, technology
  37. Dealing strategies and outcomes for the difficult patron in the library environment
  38. Describing and giving examples that illustrate the difference between adequate and excellent library service(s)
  39. Developing a written library business plan that addresses business/technical goals, platform/storage technology requirements, and infrastructure topology
  40. Developing an annual academic agenda for the library, including benchmarks and performance measures
  41. Difference between serving students as customers (providing them a product) and serving students as learners whose job is to learn how to use the library
  42. Digitization of local collections and its impact on scholarship in the library
  43. Discussion of information literacy as an educational reform for utilizing technology in the curriculum
  44. Discussion of one or more challenges and/or opportunities in some area of librarianship or information science
  45. Effective allocations strategies for collection development among academic and non-academic units in an academic, public, or special library
  46. Effective budgeting strategies linked to outcomes
  47. Effective library support for distance education programs; strategies for equalizing access to library resources for on-campus students and distance education learners
  48. Effectiveness of state and federal library grant programs (or any single program)
  49. Efficiencies achieved through consortium/consortia affiliation
  50. Electronic library reserves, e.g., part of the OPAC or through commercial software such as Blackboard
  51. Electronic resources and their impact on the academic library as the social and intellectual heart of the campus
  52. Electronic resources and their impact on the academic library: library visits, reference service, and circulation
  53. Ethics of information
  54. Evaluating a library and useful performance measurements for evaluation
  55. Evaluating the effectiveness of bibliographic instruction with a focus on the student and/or teacher
  56. Fund raising and development programs for libraries
  57. GALILEO and how its impact on its users and the library as the social and intellectual heart of the campus
  58. Game theory’s “prisoner’s dilemma” applied to academic library problems or situations
  59. Good faith communication as an essential component for strong employee relations
  60. Hub library networks
  61. Human resource requirements have changed in the academic library. Describe how staff retooling is happening, costs, opportunities, challenges since this is not a downsizing strategy; rather, it is a strategy to allow the library to be responsive to changes in its environment
  62. Identifying the “sizzle” in the library’s programs, services, and collections
  63. Impact of demographic and cultural changes on library services
  64. Impact of full-text databases on interlibrary loan services
  65. Impact of library budget shifts toward electronic resource access
  66. Implementing a new integrated information system in the library environment
  67. Implications for the library as accreditation shifts from an emphasis on library resources to information literacy
  68. Integrated information Systems offer advantages and disadvantages. Identify these and expand on the pros and cons of library managers supporting single management systems since one size rarely fits all needs, uses
  69. Intellectual property and copyright. Analysis of the libraryÂ’s role in assisting in understanding intellectual property in a college or university environment
  70. Intellectual property and copyright. Collection development and intellectual property and copyright in terms of topics such as what primary and secondary resources should the library own, best book and journal titles on the topic, identification of commercial databases featuring the topic
  71. Intellectual property and copyright. Collection development in terms of topics such as what primary and secondary resources should the library own, best book and journal titles on the topic, identification of commercial databases featuring the topic
  72. Intellectual property and copyright. Create a summary or annotation of the best websites, or legal research guides, or colleges/universities that have a position devoted to this topic, or list of blogs, or newsletter
  73. Intellectual property and copyright. For intellectual property and copyright, create a summary or annotation of the best websites, or legal research guides, or colleges/universities that have a position devoted to this topic, or list of blogs, or newsletter.
  74. Intellectual property and copyright. Listing and summary of the major cases in the area of intellectual property and copyright argued in front of courts, such as the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, etc.
  75. Intellectual property and copyright. Listing and summary or annotation of the major cases in the area of intellectual property and copyright argued in front of courts, such as the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, etc.
  76. Intellectual property and copyright. The libraryÂ’s role in assisting in understanding intellectual property in a college or university environment.
  77. Interlibrary loan of specialized materials such as audiovisuals, CDs, DVDs, VHSs, items from e-subscriptions, legal materials, medical materials
  78. Interlibrary loan service enhancement through use of technologies such as Ariel, Illiad, BlackBoard, or other open-source software
  79. Interlibrary loan statistics used for acquisitions (books, journals, digital, audiovisual materials) or collections management (discarding materials)
  80. Internet-based services, products, technologies and their impact on library management, service, and utilization: challenges and/or methodology to meet patron needs as libraries migrate to a digital/virtual environment
  81. Knowledge management and its application for developing a learning organization
  82. Librarianship’s changing definition: In 2001, Steven L. Baker is credited with writing that librarianship is the discipline that promotes an integrated approach to preserving, identifying, capturing, evaluating, retrieving, and sharing the significant knowledge and information assets of society. In 1964 Louis Shores wrote that librarianship is the profession dedicated to the preservation, dissemination, investigation, and interpretation of the knowledge most significant to mankind.
  83. Libraries and life-long learning: what this means and steps to take to bring about
  84. Library as place and access mechanisms to repositories of collections whereas large research libraries continue to struggle with providing print-centric and digital access to information
  85. Library implications of the growing power of information technology to transform the means of research, teaching, and scholarly communication
  86. Library in higher education as an economic engine (agricultural stimulation, company/corporate creation and development, human capital development of hundreds of thousands of people, stimulation and enhancement of the lives of people within its sphere of influence)
  87. Library instruction and training for students and faculty who are remote to the campus
  88. Library presence in spaces such as the campus portal, Facebook, iTunes, learning management systems such as Blackboard, MySpace, etc.
  89. Library search tools in environments such as learning management systems (e.g., Blackboard) or social network infrastructure
  90. Library services for disabled persons: facilities, equipment, funding, staffing
  91. Library services for virtual high schools, virtual colleges and universities, home schooled students
  92. Library services in a linguistically diverse community
  93. Library staff as emergency responders, e.g., organizing and running resident information centers during storms and emergencies
  94. Library’s value to society in digitalizing unique collections
  95. Library’s value, strengths, and shortcomings in an electronic society?
  96. Library’s changing role in the information economy
  97. Library’s effective learning environment and its importance (e.g., research, socializing in the use of information resources, promotion of a common culture, safe and relatively quiet study hall, a social sphere for meeting people and being seen, etc.). Many librarians have focused on collections and information technology to the exclusion of the many other positive things that take place in an academic library)
  98. Literacy programs in the library environment
  99. Management and operation of information systems
  100. Marginalization of the library (academic, public, special)
  101. Marketing of library services, i.e., positioning the library as a destination for research, learning, and friends
  102. Maximizing the value of (new, emerging) information technology in the library environment
  103. Measuring the quality of library services
  104. Metrics for evaluating library performance and services and when to use them — such as input and output measurements, quality assurance measurements, impact and outcome measurements – should both qualitative and quantitative components be included and how
  105. Mobile library services (problems, challenges, opportunities, technology) through using smart devices with small screens such as laptops, Pocket PCs, BlackBerrys, Palms, and data-enabled cell phones
  106. Models of library service through the use of computers, networks, and the Internet
  107. Open-access data/collections and its value for providing context to local collections
  108. Outsourcing of services (cataloging, janitorial, reference, serial check-in, etc.)
  109. Pareto’s 80-20 rule applied to library problems and situations, and application of Chris AndersonÂ’s The Long Tail (2003) as a statistical concept applies to library collections
  110. Position paper on a controversial topic, e.g., do we need academic libraries? or that libraries of the future were distinguished from one another only by their ownership of sole copies of locally-produced digital content not accessible elsewhere since books and journals were accessible digitally via fee databases and content publishers
  111. Programming to attract students to the academic library (art exhibitions, book swaps, comfortable furniture, expresso bars, hosting campus meetings and conferences, lectures, poetry readings)
  112. Providing academic library services in an environment where faculty are increasingly teaching a curriculum that draws less and less on library resources
  113. Quality assurance, efficiency studies, and best practices – how they impact the library
  114. Renovating the library specifically to enrich its atmosphere to attract students
  115. Restructuring access on Web pages to the library’s programs, services, and collections on the basis of frequency of-use rather than library organizational structure or alphabetical arrangement
  116. Rethinking the academic library’s functions not to provide print collections but for its media center and computer labs for access to digital environment
  117. Revenue opportunities for libraries, e.g., advertisements on computer screens
  118. Role of consortium membership for expanding access and resources
  119. Role of electronic text-based collections with multimedia content
  120. Role of the homepage as “The” platform for delivering library programs, services, and collections
  121. Role of the library as an information resource in globalization
  122. Role of the library as an information resource in promoting human rights
  123. Role of the library in the ubiquitous computer (information technology) environment
  124. Search engines: how those that charge allow those that pay to rise to the top
  125. Search engines: making the library’s Web pages (page titles, descriptions, article summaries) more friendly for indexing and retrieval by Google and Yahoo!
  126. Shared storage facilities
  127. Significance and strategic value of written procedures and standard operating procedures (SOP) for library operations
  128. Strategic communication’s plan for enhancing the role of the library in its parent organization
  129. Strategic planning in the library environment
  130. Strategic role of the library on the college/university campus
  131. Strategies and applications for bring bibliographic instruction into the classroom using Web-based resources
  132. Strategy for libraries to evolve as a modern technological workplaces (staff skills and training issues)
  133. Student acceptance of print vs. electronic resources and observations regarding students being willing to wait for digital resources that may be temporarily unavailable, such as the server is down, rather than use print indexes, abstracts, or journal articles
  134. Students in the academic library: client, customer, or patron and the difference it makes in how we refer to our users and community of student/faculty scholars
  135. Successful outsourcing activities: what they are, why they were successfully outsourced
  136. Survey of consortia across the country: what they do, how they are organized, who belongs
  137. Survey of libraries for emergency or disaster plans, e.g., fire, weather (hurricane, snow, tornado), flood, etc. (Model paper is by Kalyan, S., Xue-Ming Bao, and Marta M. Deyrup. “Academic Libraries’ Emergency Plans for Inclement Weather,” Library Administration and Management 15(4), 223-229, 2001.)
  138. Survey of students and faculty as part of a quality assessment program
  139. Survey of where students turn when they have a paper to write and what type(s) of resources they use
  140. SWOT (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, Threats) analysis methodology and interpretation for an academic, health science, public, or special library
  141. Three fundamental problems that libraries must solve in the next five years (identification of those problems and how to approach?)
  142. Trends (administration, budget, collections, customer service, staffing, staff supervision and management, technology)
  143. Use of specific electronic resources (e.g., Dow-Jones, Gale Resources, etc.) in support of an academic program
  144. Value and importance of library websites and importance to be as simple as Google to navigate
  145. Value and ongoing usefulness of book collections in the library in face of trends toward electronic collections
  146. Value or significance of remote access to the library’s electronic resources (academic, municipal, public libraries)
  147. Value proposition statement for libraries: what it is and how it is best determined and articulated
  148. Virtual reference: what it is, how to do it, examples, types of questions
  149. Web-based bibliographic instruction
  150. White paper on a topic, such as outcomes assessment, future of cataloging, interlibrary loan, e-journal usage, fines for students and faculty, etc.
  151. Wireless connectivity: its transformative impact on the academic library
  152. Writing a plan (action plan for some activity, advertising plan, communications plan, gap analysis and customer service quality plan, marketing plan, strategic plan, technology plan) for an academic library

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2015 NYSC Batch ‘A’ Time Table Released

THE National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Batch “A” Timetable for 2015 has been released online by the NYSC board of directors.

Therefore, all Prospective Batch A Corp members for the 2015 session, should take note, that the NYSC Mobilization Timetable has been release as shown below:



1. 2015 Batch A pre-mobilization workshop.
Date: 17th of December – 19th of December 2014

2. Briefing/Sensitization of final year students and prospective corps members.
Date: 19th of December – 23rd of January 2015

3. Display of list of all approved programmes for institutions on NYSC portal for cross checking Date:
1st of February– 15th of February 2015

4. Submission/Uploading of Senate/Academic Board Approved Result and Revalidation Lists by CPIs
Date: 16th of February – 21st of February, 2015

5. On-line Registration by Foreign and Locally trained Nigerian Graduates
Date: 2nd of March – 4th of April 2015

6. Notification to prospective Corps Members on their mobilization status
Date: 13th of April – 14th of April 2015

7. Delivery of printouts to CPIS.
Date: 15th of April – 17th of April 2015

8. Verification of Complaints from prospective Corps Members in all NYSC state secretariats/FCT
Date: 17th of April – 18th of April, 2015

9. Submission of Marital/Ill-health cases by CPIs.
Date: 20th of April – 22nd of April 2015

10. Notification for on-line printing of call-up letters:
Date: 27th April 2015

11. Delivery of call-up letters to CPIs
Date: 27th of April – 29th April 2015

12. On-line printing of call-up letters by Prospective Corps Members/Collection of call-up letters in the schools.
Date: 27th of April – 4th of May 2015.

13. 2015 Batch A Orientation Course
Date: 5th of May– 26th of May, 2015



A New State University Upcoming In The Southern Kaduna

Kaduna State Governor, Ramalan Yero, has concluded all necessary arrangements to establish a state-owned University of Technology in Kafanchan. Mr. Yero was speaking as the guest of honour at the annual Kagoro Cultural Day. As well recognized as the Afan Day Festival, in the Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

“In view of the challenges being faced in securing admission into universities by our scholars, our administration has concluded plans to upgrade the Kafanchan Campus of the Kaduna State University, KASU, into a fully fledged University of Technology,” Mr. Yarrow said.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Vice President, Namadi Sambo, who also attended the event, congratulated the people of Kagoro for sustaining the age-long cultural event, which dates back over four centuries and is celebrated every New Year Day.

In his words, the Chief of Kagoro, Ufuwai Bonet, thanked Governor Yero for the numerous development projects he brought to the local government and appealed for their windup. The traditional ruler expressed happiness over the peace in his chiefdom which led to the successful hosting of the Afan Festival.

A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress [APC] in Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufa’i, was also at the event. Mr. Yero is the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] for the body politic.



Female Student Caught With Two Military Grenades In A Taraba School

A female student of Federal Government Girls College (FGGC), Jalingo, Taraba State, was yesterday arrested while attempting to get into the school premises with two military hand grenades. Source gathered that the female child and her jihadist father were caught before she could have set off the bomb.

Our correspondent also gathered that the suspect, who is an SSS 1 student of the school was distinguished with the hand grenades stocked in her bag during search operations by security men at the gate. The suspect and her father were said to have come from Numan in Adamawa State.

Men of the Taraba police command were alerted who immediately swept into action and arrested the suspects apprehended. When contacted, Taraba Police Spokesman, ASP Joseph Kwaji confirmed the incident, adding that the suspect and her father are currently under the hands of the constabulary.

According to him, policemen from the EOD unit were at once dispatched to area upon receipt of the information and two military grenades recovered.



Federal Government To Monitor Fee Charges In The Tertiary Institutions

The Federal Government on Tuesday says the public tertiary institution in the country must comply with guideline charges of fees. The Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, made this know at a meeting with executive secretaries and major stakeholders in public tertiary institutions on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to Shekarau, the federal government will not interfere with the operations of the governing councils of such institutions but will play its oversight role.

“The essence of the meeting is to look at the various charges of fees in public tertiary institutions and regulate them. “Our role in the ministry is to oversee the institutions and make sure they operate according to guidelines to protect the interest of beneficiaries who are our students.

“The government has the moral responsibility to make sure all public higher institutions operate within the guidelines even though they have their internal peculiarities,’’ he said. Shekarau said that the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the institutions would be looked into in their deliberations.


Importance Of Agricultural Microbiology

This is a project paper on the importance of Agricultural Microbiology

Agricultural microbiology is a branch of microbiology dealing with plant-associated microbes and plant and animal diseases. It also deals with the microbiology of soil fertility, such as microbial degradation of organic matter and soil nutrient transformations.
Agricultural microbiology is a scientific discipline oriented to satisfy the request of new knowledge from the society, consumers and producers, needed for the exploitation of microbial resources in the main frame of agricultural and agro-industrial processes. In a world teeming with microorganisms, benefits and threats are continuously posed to humans, animals, plants and the environment as a whole. Threats come from microbial pathogens that perpetrate a wide range of plant and animal diseases, reducing agricultural productivity.
The constant spread and evolution of agricultural pathogens provides a continually renewed source of challenges to productivity and food safety. Benefits come from the many microorganisms associated with, or introduced into, cropping systems, food and food related industries. Additionally, new vulnerabilities are generated for agriculture by global movement of agricultural products, trading policies, industrial agricultural practices, and the potential for malicious releases of pathogens.
Microorganism (Microbes)
Role of Microbes
Agricultural Microbiology As A Course
Importance Of Agricultural Microbiology
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Impact Of Social Network On Students

In today’s world where Internet has experienced tremendous growth, social networking sites have become highly significant in students lives. The aim of the study was to analyze the impact of social media on students. To achieve this, the survey research method was used. Three research questions guided the study. Research findings showed that a great number of students had access to the internet. Survey technique, interview, and online observation were the research methods used. Findings show that students spend more time in these sites. It was also found that virtual interaction taking place in these sites is just a supplement to real life interaction. To this end, the researcher recommended that sites should be created for educational purposes as well. This is to create a balance between social networking and academic activities of students to avoid setbacks in the academic performance of the students.

Title Page
Certification Page
Table of Content

1.1 Background of the Study
1.1.1 Social Network
1.2 Statement of the Problem
1.3 Objectives of the Study
1.4 Research Question
1.5 Scope of the Study
1.6 Significance of the Study
1.7 Definition of Key Terms

2.1 Literature Review
2.2 Review of Concepts
2.2.1 Social Networks
2.2.2 Social Networking Sites
2.2.3 Internet
2.3 Review of Related Studies
2.4 Discussions
2.5 Theoretical Framework
2.6 Summary of Literature Review

3.1 Summary of Findings
3.2 Conclusion
3.3 Recommendations


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Lagos Government House Attacked By Aggrieved Lecturers

Lecturers of the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Ijanikin, Lagos, on Monday protested against the non-payment of their over 17 months pension and non-payment of three years retirees benefits.

NAN reports that the lecturers held the protest at the Government House, Alausa.

There were reports that the lecturers also protested against non-payment of 18 months’ salary arrears and non-remittance of over N150 million deducted co-operative funds to their accounts.

The lecturers carried placards reading: “Fashola Pay Us Our Pension Arrears”, “Is It A Sin To Be Lecturers ?”.

Mr Abiodun Aremu, the Chairman of the Joint Action Front (JAF), the co-coordinator of the protest, told newsmen at the protest that their grievances also included poor funding of the institution.

Aremu added that they were also fighting against structural defect of the newly inaugurated College of Health Centre and attempt to reverse the retirement age from 65 years to 60 years.

“It is not right for government to ask lecturers to work without paying them their entitlements,” he said.

He added that the protest was not all about politics but a demand for the rights of the lecturers.

A List of Project Topics in Criminology

As we continue to update our database to include any many research materials, projects, thesis and seminars; we noticed that some students studying courses such as Criminology find it difficult to get project topics and materials in criminology. So here are some good project topics for criminology. More of course will be coming as we update this blog regularly.

Relevant Project Topics in Criminology;

  1. Role Airport Administration in Fight Against Terrorism in Nigeria
  2. Touting and Pilfering in Nigerian Airports; Problems and Solutions
  3. Impact of ICT in Crowd Control/Management of Nigerian Airports
  4. Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect with Parent Training: Evidence and Opportunities
  5. Stepchildren, Community Disadvantage, and Physical Injury in a Child Abuse Incident: A Preliminary Investigation
  6. The Comparative Method in Globalised Criminology
  7. Advancing Critical Criminology through Anthropology
  8. Constitutive Criminology: Origins, Core Concepts, and Evaluation
  9. Criminology’s Darkest Hour: Biocriminology in Nazi Germany

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