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ERIC Number: EJ859498
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0033-0337
Student User Preferences for Features of Next-Generation OPACs: A Case Study of University of Sheffield International Students
Tam, Winnie; Cox, Andrew M.; Bussey, Andy
Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems, v43 n4 p349-374 2009
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to identify the features that international student users prefer for next generation OPACs. Design/methodology/approach: A total of 16 international students of the University of Sheffield were interviewed in July 2008 to explore their preferences among potential features in next generation OPACs. A semi-structured interview schedule with images of mock-up screens was used. Findings: The results of the interviews were broadly consistent with previous studies. In general, students expect features in next generation OPACs should save their time, be easy to use and relevant to their search. This study found that recommender features and features that can provide better navigation of search results are desired by users. However, Web 2.0 features, such as RSS feeds and those features which involved user participation were among the least popular. Practical implications: This paper produces findings of relevance to any academic library seeking to implement a next-generation OPAC. Originality/value: There have been no previous published research studies of users' preferences among possible features of next-generation OPACs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Sheffield)