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Title:Assessing Digital Humanities Tools: Use of Scalar at a Research University
Author(s):Tracy, Daniel G.
Subject(s):Digital media
Libraries and electronic publishing
User interfaces
Technology assessment
Abstract:As librarians increasingly support digital publication platforms, they must also understand the user experience of these tools. This case study assesses use of Scalar, a digital humanities publishing platform for media-rich projects, at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Based on a survey, interviews, and content analysis, the study highlights the platform’s usability, its functionality, and its successes and failures in meeting user expectations. The media upload process, image annotation, and aesthetics factored into user issues. Writing pedagogy also emerged as an important consideration. Results suggest lessons for digital literacy instruction, as well as how and when Scalar might serve patrons’ publishing needs.
Issue Date:2016
Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press
Citation Info:Tracy, Daniel G. "Assessing Digital Humanities Tools: Use of Scalar at a Research University." portal: Libraries and the Academy 16.1 (2016): 165-191.
Rights Information:Copyright © 2016 The Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in PORTAL: LIBRARIES AND THE ACADEMY, Volume 16, Issue 1, January, 2016, pages 165-191.
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-02-20

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