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ALCTS CCS Research and Publications Cttee. Program -- Catalog Use and Usability Studies: What Do They Show and How Should This Evidence Affect Our Decision-Making?

Catalog Use and Usability Studies: What Do They Show and How Should This Evidence Affect Our Decision-Making?

Sunday, July 12, 2009, 1:30 - 5:30 pm
McCormick Place West, Room W-196C

Sponsor
ALCTS CCS Research and Publications Committee

Co-sponsors
ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group
RUSA Catalog Use Committee

Presenters
Karen Calhoun, OCLC
Nora Dimmock, University of Rochester
Beth Thomsett-Scott, University of North Texas

How are online catalogs used? What information is sought by different levels of users? How well do OPACs support catalog functions? What role should usability studies play in the decision-making process? What improvements can be made in response to the findings of a catalog usability study? This program invites researchers from various types of libraries, who have employed catalog usability and user studies findings to improve their catalogs, to share their experiences.