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The User Studies Working Group, one of four working groups in the DLF Assessment Interest Group (AIG), has released the white paper “Surveying the Landscape: Use and Usability Assessment of Digital Libraries.”


Megan Hurst, of Athenaeum21, served on the Review Team for the white paper. The research project and writing of the white paper spanned over a year, and was carried out by a team from US research libraries and supporting organizations.


“Surveying the Landscape” identifies the strengths and gaps in the current literature on three topics related to use and usability of digital libraries:


Making usability studies more accessible to librarians (“usability studies”)


Tracking the return on investment (ROI) for digital libraries (“return on investment”)


Developing a better understanding of the reuse of digital library materials (“content reuse”)


Building on this white paper, the User Studies Working Group will begin work on two new projects in 2016. N...

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