Tuesday, May 17, 2011
New book: Scholarly Practice, Participatory Design and the eXtensible Catalog
Scholarly Practice, Participatory Design and the eXtensible Catalog - Edited by Nancy Fried Foster, Katie Clark, Kornelia Tancheva, and Rebekah Kilzer - As part of the development of eXtensible Catalog (XC), a project sponsored by the University of Rochester's River Campus Libraries, four institutions conducted 80 interviews and numerous workshops to understand how researchers learn about, acquire, and use scholarly resources. Research findings informed the design and development of XC, a set of open-source applications that provides access to resources across a range of databases, metadata schemas, and standards. In this volume, members of the project team report on key findings of the user research that was done at Cornell University, Ohio State University, the University of Rochester, and Yale University, and discuss the value of including library users and technology specialists from many disciplines in the software design and development process. This book is appropriate for academic librarians, academic libraries, schools of information science and librarianship, library educators, and researchers.