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Usability of digital libraries: a source of creative tensions with technical developments

Blandford, A.; Buchanan, G.; (2003) Usability of digital libraries: a source of creative tensions with technical developments. IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries Bulletin , 1 (1) Green open access

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Abstract

If digital libraries are to achieve their full potential, they need to be usable and used – by people for whom information retrieval is not generally the main goal. In this paper, we outline various views of ‘usability’ and how they apply specifically to digital libraries. There are great challenges to integrating user perspectives with technical developments, in terms of understanding those user perspectives, developing design processes that adequately accommodate them and ensuring adequate communications between all stakeholders in design. We discuss these issues.

Type:Article
Title:Usability of digital libraries: a source of creative tensions with technical developments
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version:http://www.ieee-tcdl.org/Bulletin/v1n1/summer03-contents.html
Language:English
Additional information:©2003 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE.
Keywords:Usability, HCI, digital libraries, user experience, context of use
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > UCL Interaction Centre

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