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Title:How We Do User-Centered Design and Evaluation of Digital Libraries: A Methodological Forum (Papers presented at the Allerton Park Institute held October 29-31, 1995)
Contributor(s):Bishop, Ann Peterson
Subject(s):Digital libraries
User-centered design
Abstract:[These proceedings were captured from the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine; as such, outgoing links may retain the original structure captured by the Internet Archive. E-mail addresses may no longer be active. In addition, certain files are missing; specifically, in session two Mead's appendices and in session four images for Maarek's figures.] The papers presented here represent discussion documents submitted by participants in the 1995 Allerton Institute, called "How We Do User-Centered Design and Evaluation of Digital Libraries: A Methodological Forum." The Institute, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, was conducted on October 29-31 by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois. The idea for the Institute arose from a joint meeting of investigators associated with the six NSF/ARPA/NASA Digital Library Initiative projects currently underway in universities across the country (Bishop, 1995). As chairperson of the Institute, my goal was to bring together an international, interdisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners involved in the design and study of information systems, in user-centered research in traditional libraries, and in a wide range of digital library projects. The purpose of the Institute was to present both the range of user-centered methods available for studying digital libraries and rationales for choosing amongst them; we also wanted to look ahead to new methods and developments and map out the challenges ahead of us. Institute presentations and discussions were devoted to issues such as: * What are appropriate measures for gauging digital library outcomes at the individual, group, institutional, and global levels? * How can we best incorporate knowledge of user needs and behavior in designing digital library interactions and interfaces? * What do we need to know about how people use electronic texts and how can we gain this knowledge and apply it to the development of digital libraries? * What can we learn from studies of traditional library use? * How can we develop an understanding of the computerization of library work that will help as digital systems are incorporated into current institutional practices? * How can we deal with the ethical, practical, and conceptual issues that arise in the remote observation of online (and offline) behavior on a very large scale? * How do we foster effective communication among digital library designers, users, and social science researchers? Participants submitted a brief, informal discussion document outlining their work and the issues they were most anxious to explore. A selection is included here; for the complete set of material associated with the Institute, visit the Allerton web site ( The discussion documents were used to develop the five major Institute sessions, which focused on co-design approaches, work practice and institutional change, migrating foundational approaches to virtual library environment, electronic information-seeking behavior, and understanding diversity and change. I hope the ideas arising from the Allerton Institute will help in building a framework for understanding the use and implications of digital information infrastructure, as our research methods, systems, and expectations of systems continually evolve. Due to the success of the meeting, participants plan to reconvene at a follow-up Allerton Institute in fall 1996. (From Introduction).
Issue Date:1995
Publisher:Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Series/Report:Allerton Park Institute (37th : 1995)
Genre:Conference Proceeding (whole)
Publication Status:unpublished
Sponsor:Sponsored by the National Science Foundation
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-09-13

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