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ERIC Number: ED423900
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Pages: 50
Abstractor: N/A
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A Content Analysis of the Web Sites of the Fifty State Library Agencies of the United States of America.
Berendsen, Nicole M.
To determine what content and design features may be included in the new design of the State Library of Ohio's World Wide Web site, the researcher conducted a content analysis of the World Wide Web sites of the fifty state library agencies, using the COSLA (Chief Officers of State Library Agencies) index as the access point. Specifically, content and design features were searched for to see if the current Web site of the State Library of Ohio resembles the Web sites of the other forty-nine state library agencies. A matrix of 28 criteria was prepared and searched for at each Web site. The results include a frequency table of the most common features found in these Web sites. Also discussed is a problem with the index of Web sites--listings on the COSLA site often led to state servers, outdated, or incomplete information, and many states had more than one site. Several Web site design recommendations for state library agencies are made. Seven tables illustrate criteria selection and explanation; selection of appropriate URL (Uniform Resource Locator); criteria frequency; and frequencies of OPAC links, telnet protocol use, interactive e-mail address, and Adobe Acrobat use. An appendix contains the data collection instrument. (Author/DLS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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