Usability for Digital Libraries

A workshop at JCDL'02

"It’s like being given a Rolls Royce and only being able to sound the horn"

This is the description of one user (a surgeon) when asked about her experience of digital libraries. Digital libraries have great potential to help people organise, access and share information in powerful ways. However, the cost for the user is a huge learning curve, and most existing libraries do not provide sufficient or appropriate feedback and guidance to users to enable them to acquire expertise appropriately rapidly and easily. This workshop will bring together researchers from a variety of disciplines to share insights, methods and findings about usability and user acceptance of digital libraries.


JCDL Workshop Prelude on July 17th

A workshop prelude that aims to facilitate the cross-fertilization of topics presented at four JCDL WSs will take place on July 17th, 5:30-7:30pm in the Hawthorne Room.

It features short overviews of the WS topics as well as talks, presentations, and demos of four workshops:

All JCDL attendees are welcome to participate.

The 15-minute presentation from the Usability workshop will be that by Dumas & Plenacoste, with (if possible) a demo.

Workshop, July 18th

The programme for the workshop is as follows.

All participants should note the slot for 'non-presenters' to give brief accounts of their experiences, for which some may wish to prepare.

9.30amStoeffler, Reed, Hagedorn "User study of multi-collection text retrieval"
9.50amJones, Sumner "Evaluation of NSDL"
10.10amHovater. Krot. Kiskis. Altman, Holland "Usability testing of virtual data center"
10.30amCoffee & chat. If possible, demo of Dumas & Plenacoste (and anyone else who has one)
11:00amDumas, Plenacoste "Libraries: comparisons between real and virtual"
11.10amKeith, Blandford, Fields, Theng "Claims Analysis for usability"
11.30amParker "Searching digital image libraries"
11.50amOpen presentations: others give brief (5 minute) presentations of their evaluation experiences
...Working session: towards a framework for evaluation techniques
1:00pmLunch & discussion
2.15pmBishop, Bruce "Usability research as participative inquiry"
2.45pmStelmaszewska, Blandford "Patterns of interactions"
3.05pmKim "Model-based approach to usability evaluation"
3.25pmTea & chat
3.50pmSandusky "DL Attributes: Framing research and results"
4.10pmWorking session: extending the framework for evaluation techniques

Workshop Chairs:

Ann Blandford, UCL Interaction Centre, University College London, UK.

George Buchanan, Interaction Design Centre, Middlesex University, London, UK.

Programme Committee

Christine Borgman, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Katy Börner, Indiana University, USA

Sally-Jo Cunningham, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Matt Jones, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Hanna Stelmaszewska, Middlesex University, London, UK

Tamara Sumner, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

Yin Leng Theng, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Harold Thimbleby, University College London, UK