I am currently researching the policies and practices of online libraries in order to better understand the wider dynamics of knowledge in a digital environment.
At the heart of this project is the desire to ensure that policies of access, usage and preservation are developed to the highest possible standard whilst balancing the diverse needs of multiple groups within society.
My first case-study has explored how New Zealand heritage material is being either restricted or permitted by various online institutions in New Zealand, the USA, and around the world.
My research blog contains details of my key findings to date, and will be updated as more findings come to light.
My research was initiated as part of Victoria University's Summer Scholar scheme in Nov 2011, which offers scholarships for student research at the end of each year. My project has been conducted under the supervision of Brenda Chawner, within the School of Information Management.