Sociological Approaches to Library Science: Researching Interlibrary Loan Practices in an Electronic Environment

By David Woolwine.

Published by The Technology Collection

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By the mid-1990s issues relating to interlibrary loan practices and usage had arisen in the library science literature. One tradition of research attempted to determine the effect of an electronic journal environment on interlibrary loan practices and rates. This paper addresses how both quantitative and qualitative sociological approaches can be brought into, and enrich, library science research.

Keywords: Sociological Methods, Interlibrary Loans, Ethnomethodology, Library Science

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.51-58. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 514.681KB).

Dr David Woolwine

Assistant Professor, Harold E. Yuker Reference Library, Axinn Library, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, USA

Assistant Professor of Library Services and Reference Librarian, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York. Former Editor, Social Sciences Index, H.W. Wilson Company. Holds PhD in Sociology and the Masters in Library Science. Has published in both sociology (including the sociology of science) and library science and has taught sociology.Presently interested in library ethics as well as the application of sociological methods (both qualitative and quantitative) to library science research.

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