Weiling Liu
August 2010
Kentucky Libraries;Summer2010, Vol. 74 Issue 3, p6
Academic Journal
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.


Related Articles

  • WLN to Develop New Bibliographic Utility Interface.  // Information Today;Apr98, Vol. 15 Issue 4, p55 

    Announces the designing of a interface for cataloging on the WLN Online System, by WLN, a library network. Insight to the foundation for the software; Contact information.

  • ONLINE PUBLIC ACCESS CATALOGS. Matthews, Jospeh R. // Library Journal;6/1/1982, Vol. 107 Issue 11, p1067 

    Focuses on the use of online public access catalogs by libraries. Factors that determine the viability of the system; Activities of Council on Library Resources' to enhancing the development of the system; Grouping of factors of the catalog into variables of technology, type of online catalog,...

  • Designing Low-Cost Mobile Websites for Libraries. Travis, Tiffini; Tay, Aaron // Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science & Techn;Oct/Nov2011, Vol. 38 Issue 1, p24 

    As smartphone ownership rises, usage patterns are expanding. Libraries face an increasing demand for online content delivered in a mobile compatible format while being constrained by financial and staffing limitations. Solutions are readily available through free and low-cost products to create...

  • Usability Testing for Greater Impact: A Primo Case Study. Perrin, Joy Marie; Clark, Melanie; De-Leon, Esther; Edgar, Lynne // Information Technology & Libraries;Dec2014, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p57 

    This case study focuses on a usability test conducted by four librarians at Texas Tech University (TTU). Eight students were asked to complete a series of tasks using OneSearch, the TTU Libraries' implementation of the Primo discovery tool. Based on the test, the team identified three major...

  • Charity library catalogue revamped.  // Information World Review;5/ 1/2012, p3 

    The article reports that the charity, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), is creating a new way for blind and partially sighted people to access the charity's library catalogue, Working with Axiell.

  • Editorial Board Thoughts: Services and User Context in the Era of Webscale Discovery. Dehmlow, Mark // Information Technology & Libraries;Jun2013, Vol. 32 Issue 2, p1 

    The article explores the advantage of early implementations of discovery systems. The author highlights the ability of discovery systems to bring together metadata from scholarly sources into indexes. He expresses concerns about the lack of fully integrated request and delivery services that...

  • Through Their Eyes. Farkas, Meredith // American Libraries;Jun2014, Vol. 45 Issue 6, p30 

    The article discusses the use of usability tests by librarians to examine whether or not library electronic resources are functioning as they should. Topics discussed include the sample size needed to run a usability test, the benefits of watching novice users navigate library tools, and the...

  • What's In A Word? Rethinking Facet Headings in a Discovery Service. Nelson, David; Turney, Linda // Information Technology & Libraries;Jun2015, Vol. 34 Issue 2, p76 

    The emergence of discovery systems has been well received by libraries who have long been concerned with offering a smorgasbord of databases that require either individual searching of databases or the problematic use of federated searching. The ability to ...

  • Exploratory Subject Searching in Library Catalogs: Reclaiming the Vision. Bauder, Julia; Lange, Emma // Information Technology & Libraries;Jun2015, Vol. 34 Issue 2, p92 

    Librarians have had innovative ideas for ways to use subject and classification data to provide an improved online search experience for decades, yet after thirty--‐plus years of improvements in our online catalogs, users continue to struggle with ...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics