Involving users in OPAC interface design: perspective from a UK study

Kani-Zabihi, Elahe and Ghinea, Gheorghita (2007) Involving users in OPAC interface design: perspective from a UK study. In: Human Interface 2007: Human Interface and the Management of Information. Interacting in Information Environments. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 4558. Springer, Heidelberg, Germany, pp. 374-383. ISBN 9783540733539

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The purpose of this study was to determine user suggestions for a typical OPAC (Online Public Library Catalogue) application’s functionality and features. An experiment was undertaken to find out the type of interactions features that users prefer to have in an OPAC. The study revealed that regardless of users’ Information Technology (IT) backgrounds, their functionality expectations of OPACs are the same. However, based on users’ previous experiences with OPACs, their requirements with respect to specific features may change. Users should be involved early in the OPAC development cycle process in order to ensure usable and functional interface.

Item Type: Book Section
Identifier: 10.1007/978-3-540-73354-6_41
Subjects: Computing
Library and information sciences
Depositing User: Elahe Kani-Zabihi
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2015 18:23
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:18

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