Evaluation of Digital Libraries

An insight into Useful Applications and Methods

Edited by

  • Giannis Tsakonas, University of Patras
  • Christos Papatheodorou, Ionian University, Greece

Evaluation of Digital Libraries summarizes research and practice on both sides of the Atlantic and aims to answer the potential questions that both the theoretical and practical areas of digital library evaluation have posed during recent years. The book systematically presents aspects of participating communities, reasons and aims of evaluation, methodologies and metrics, and application paradigms.
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Practitioners, who need to evaluate digital library applications, as well as to researchers in the area of digital libraries


Book information

  • Published: July 2009
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84334-484-1


The librarian interested in exploring how to carry out the evaluation of the library’s digital offerings will find a guide to help them ask the right questions to advance further. …an interesting set of contributions on the subject of evaluating digital libraries., Information Research

Table of Contents

Introduction: The framework for digital library evaluation. Part 1 To whom it may concern: From usage to user: Library metrics and expectations for the evaluation of digital libraries; An agency perspective on digital library evaluation. Part 2 What to place under the evaluation lens: What should we take into consideration when we talk about usability? Users and digital libraries: An insightful story; Towards an infrastructure for digital library performance evaluation; Employing deep log analysis to evaluate the information-seeking behaviour of users of digital libraries. Part 3 Behind the evaluation curtain: The push-me-pull-you of design and evaluation; Extending borders: Outcomes assessment in the era of digital libraries; Digital library service quality: What does it look like? Part 4 How to conduct an evaluation activity: Planning digital library evaluation with logic models; Examining how end users use and perceive digital libraries: A qualitative approach; Investigating users’ perceptions and acceptance of digital libraries: A quantitative approach.