Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Metastudy of Users

Wilson's Nested Model of Conceputal Areas (1999)Image via Wikipedia

The digital information seeker: Findings from selected OCLC, RIN and JISC user behaviour projects has just been published by the JISC.
In the interest of analysing and synthesising several user behaviour studies conducted in the US and the UK twelve studies were identified. These 12 selected studies were commissioned and/or supported by non- profit organisations and government agencies; therefore, they have little dependence upon the outcomes of the studies. The studies were reviewed by two researchers who analysed the findings, compared their analyses, and identified the overlapping and contradictory findings. This report is not intended to be the definitive work on user behaviour studies, but rather to provide a synthesised document to make it easier for information professionals to better understand the information-seeking behaviours of the libraries’ intended users and to review the issues associated with the development of information services and systems that will best meet these users’ needs.
One finding of the report: High-quality metadata is thus becoming even more important for the discovery process.

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