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Building on the recommendations from Surveying the Landscape: Use and Usability Assessment of Digital Libraries, the User Studies Working Group's Content Reuse subgroup is focused on developing a needs assessment to better understand the desired scope and functionality of a toolkit designed to measure digital library object reuse.
The subgroup has submitted a grant proposal to the [Institute of Museum and Library Services to obtain funding to complete this needs assessment. The project's preliminary proposal can be found here
In preparation for the submission of this application, the project team has conducted an environmental scan of existing tools and resources as well as of non-reuse toolkits to identify the ideal components to include in a future toolkit.
Proposed Grant Activities
An IMLS National Leadership/National Forum Grant will enable stakeholders from a variety of institutions to meet with members of the project team to discuss the issues facing implementation of content reuse assessment, the tools and resources identified in the environmental scan, necessary infrastructure for the toolkit, and next steps towards toolkit development.
About the Toolkit
The ultimate goal of the toolkit will be to provide a roadmap, tools, techniques, and documentation to assess the reuse of materials within a given digital library in order to help libraries plan and deliver content to different user groups. The toolkit will provide analysis of the purpose, strengths, and weaknesses of available tools and allow the user to choose the resources that best fit their assessment needs. Included resources will support the full lifecycle of reuse assessment, from defining goals, assembling vetted tools, and pointing to current studies and research in this area.