The researcher's journey: Scholarly navigation of an academic Library Web site

Steve McCann, Tammy Ravas, Kate Zoellner

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Abstract

A qualitative study of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library's Web site identified the ways in which students and faculty of the University of Montana used the site for research purposes. This study employed open-ended interview questions and observations to spontaneously capture a user's experience in researching topics in which they specialized. Four thematic recommendations emerged from nine study participants: increase the readability and consistency of the library's Web site, provide research guidance and ease of navigation, offer task-based services that maximize technology, and enable customization. The study led to Web site modifications and a formalized process by which the library will approach subsequent Web site design.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-412
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Web Librarianship
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2010

Keywords

  • Academic libraries
  • Faculty
  • Information seeking
  • Qualitative research
  • Students
  • Usability
  • User studies
  • Web development
  • Web site evaluation

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