Assessment:User Studies

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The User Studies Working Group compiles resources, conducts research, and drafts literature to assist those who are interesting in evaluating users of digital repositories and their needs. The group released Surveying the Landscape: Use and Usability Assessment of Digital Libraries (DOI 10.17605/OSF.IO/9NBQG) in December 2015.

Current Projects[edit]

After discussions at the 2015 DLF Forum Assessment Lunch, the User Studies Working Group is focusing on two new projects in 2016:

Get Involved[edit]

The working group maintains a Google Drive folder, which contains meeting notes and drafts of working documents. Our work is also archived using the Open Science Framework.

If you have any questions, or are interested in participating in the working group, please contact Santi Thompson. You can also fill out our User Studies Participant spreadsheet.

Past Projects[edit]

The User Studies Working Group white paper (2014-2015)[edit]

Participants identified four assessment topics to explore during the Assessment Breakout Session at the 2014 DLF Forum:

  1. User/Usability studies
  2. Identifying users and uses
  3. Return On Investment (ROI)
  4. Reuse of content/what do users do with content

These four groups will make up the focus of a white paper on assessing users and user needs. The working group will complete a series of tasks to generate the white paper:

  1. Compile a bibliography
  2. Develop a literature review -- Completed
  3. Release Surveying the Landscape: Use and Usability Assessment of Digital Libraries for public comment
  4. Release final draft of Surveying the Landscape: Use and Usability Assessment of Digital Libraries

White Paper Participants[edit]

White Paper Team[edit]
  • Joyce Chapman, Duke University
  • Megan Hurst, Athenaeum21 Consulting
  • Elizabeth Joan Kelly, Loyola University New Orleans
  • Caroline Muglia, University of Southern California
  • Genya O’Gara, Virtual Library of Virginia
  • Ayla Stein, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Santi Thompson, University of Houston (Co-Leader)
  • Liz Woolcott, Utah State University (Co-Leader)
  • Tao Zhang, Purdue University
Literature Review Team[edit]
  • Joyce Chapman, Duke University
  • Jody DeRidder, University of Alabama
  • Elizabeth Joan Kelly, Loyola University New Orleans
  • Martha Kyrillidou, Association of Research Libraries
  • Caroline Muglia, University of Southern California
  • Genya O’Gara, Virtual Library of Virginia
  • Ayla Stein, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Santi Thompson, University of Houston (Leader)
  • Rachel Trent, State Library of North Carolina
  • Liz Woolcott, Utah State University
Bibliography Team[edit]
  • Elizabeth Joan Kelly, Loyola University New Orleans
  • Santi Thompson, University of Houston (Leader)
  • Rachel Trent, George Washington University
  • Liz Woolcott, Utah State University
  • Tao Zhang, Purdue University

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