TITLE

REMOTE USERS' OPAC SEARCHING HABITS: A COMPARATIVE CASE STUDY THROUGH WEB TRANSACTION LOG ANALYSIS

AUTHOR(S)
Weiling Liu
PUB. DATE
August 2010
SOURCE
Kentucky Libraries;Summer2010, Vol. 74 Issue 3, p6
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
When a new library system's open public access catalog (OPAC) is implemented for a library, the user interface is usually customized, especially for search options and for look and feel. Decisions are made concerning which are to be set as default search and limit options and in what order the search options should be displayed. What should a library choose? To find evidence for those choices, a study was conducted in 2009 via a Web server log analysis. The results indicated that the default search and default search options were used by library OPAC users most often. However, it was not clear if this was because the default options happened to be "Keyword" and "all of these" which are similar to the widely used options in the popular search engines. The question led to this comparative study of two cases using the same kind of system but with different default settings. The focus of this study is the use of search interfaces and search options of the Voyager library system by remote users of the University of Louisville and Western Kentucky University. Unlike many other studies with transaction log analysis, the data used in this study are from the Web server log instead of the system's search log.
ACCESSION #
52597526

 

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