The Finding Aid Container List Optimization Survey: Recommendations for Web Usability

by Howard, Dawne E.

Abstract (Summary)
This paper examines the results of a usability study for finding aids from the Special Collections Research Center at North Carolina State University. In 2005, the Special Collections Research Center reformatted its finding aids so that the container information, typically located on the left-hand side of the document, moved to the right-hand side of the document. The study tested the effectiveness of this change, and determined that traditional finding aids performed better. The analysis of the study’s results is followed by a discussion about Web usability guidelines for online finding aids.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Helen R. Tibbo

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:cataloging of archival material standards encoded description document type definition user interfaces computer systems testing websites design united states website development


Date of Publication:11/15/2006

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