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User Studies for Digital Library Development
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User Studies for Digital Library Development (Paperback)

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This landmark text captures a global cross-section of leading voices and provides a clear and coherent overview of the user studies domain and user issues in digital libraries.

As the information environment becomes increasingly electronic, digital libraries have proliferated, but the focus has often been on innovations in technology and not the user. Although user needs have become a popular concept, in practice the users are rarely consulted in the development of services. Research and analysis of users is essential to fine-tune the content and approach of digital libraries to the diverging requirements and expectations of incredibly varied communities and to ensure libraries are effective, accessible and sustainable in the long term.

Key topics include:



what is the place of user studies in digital libraries and what are the basic user study methods?

explaining user-centric studies, information behaviour and user experience studies

exploring user-study methods such as surveys, questionnaires, expert evaluation methods, eye tracking, deep log analysis, personae and ethnographic studies

critical issues around user studies such as evaluation of digital libraries, digital preservation, social media, the shift to mobile devices and ethics

user studies in specific types of institutions: libraries, archives, museums, audiovisual collections and art collections

the most popular questions and what to do next.



Readership: Information professionals involved in supporting, developing or designing digital library services, researchers wanting to address the user dimension in their work and students on LIS and computer science courses who want to understand the importance of the user in information services.

Reference & ResearchEncyclopaedias & reference worksLibrary, archive & information managementReference & ResearchLibrary & information sciencesLibrary & information services Publisher: Facet Publishing Publication Date: 22/06/2012 ISBN-13: 9781856047654  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Dr Milena Dobreva is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Library Information and Archive Sciences at the University of Malta. She managed the DiSCmap project on user priorities in digitisation of special collections and coordinated the Europeana user and functionality study. Andy O'Dwyer has been with the BBC since 1986 applying technical solutions to the long term preservation of broadcast material. He has managed several European collaborative projects providing online access to parts of the BBC's newly digitized content. Pierluigi Feliciati is a Researcher in the University of Macerata, Italy.

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