Description

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.

Key Features

  • The book deals with practical and theoretical issues on digital libraries development and evaluation
  • It will be multi-disciplinary due to its nature incorporating views and perspectives of various contributing fields
  • Distinguished digital library researchers and practitioners present systematically methods, techniques and practices. The list of contributors include Maristella Agosti, David Bainbridge, Ann Blandford, Colleen Cook, Nicola Ferro, Brinley Franklin, Manolis Garoufallou, Sarah Giersch, Richard Hartley, Judy Jeng, Michael Khoo, Martha Kyrillidou, Yvonna Lincoln, David McArthur, Maria Monopoli, David Nicholas, Christos Papatheodorou, Terry Plum, Tefko Saracevic, Rania Siatri, Yin Leng Theng, Giannis Tsakonas and Lee Zia

Readership

Practitioners, who need to evaluate digital library applications, as well as to researchers in the area of digital libraries

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.

Details

No. of pages:
300
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2009
Published:
Imprint:
Chandos Publishing
Electronic ISBN:
9781780630137
Print ISBN:
9781843344858
Print ISBN:
9781843344841

About the editors

Giannis Tsakonas

Giannis Tsakonas holds a BSc and a PhD in Librarianship from the Department of Archives and Library Sciences, Ionian University, Corfu. Currently he works as a librarian in the Library & Information Center, University of Patras.

Christos Papatheodorou

Christos Papatheodorou holds a BSc and a PhD in Computer Science from the Department of Informatics, Athens University of Economics and Business. He is Assistant Professor at the Department of Archive and Library Sciences, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece.

Reviews

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