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User Studies for Digital Library Development   User Studies for Digital Library Development
Milena Dobreva, Andy O'Dwyer and Pierluigi Feliciati, editors
Price: £49.95
Price (to CILIP members): £39.96
ISBN: 978-1-85604-765-4

"This book is a timely one...The chapters are written by highly competent researchers and professionals known in the digital libraries and user studies world.  The research world meets the professionals, the mature and authoritative researchers are represented side by side with young ones just starting their career."
- Information Research

"This is a publication I can wholeheartedly recommend to academics, researchers, students and practitioners. It is solidly embedded in the theory and literature of information behaviour and user studies. However, the text should not overwhelm practitioners who wish to enter the fascinating area of user studies research in the ever-expanding world of digital libraries."
- Online Information Review

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. 

2012; 192pp; paperback; 978-1-85604-765-4; £49.95

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