The User Studies Working Group, one of four working groups in the DLF Assessment Interest Group (AIG), is happy to release the final draft of “Surveying the Landscape: Use and Usability Assessment of Digital Libraries.”


“Surveying the Landscape” identifies the strengths and gaps in the current literature on three topics related to use and usability:


·         Making usability studies more accessible to librarians (“usability studies”)

·         Tracking the return on investment (ROI) for digital libraries (“return on investment”)

·         Developing a better understanding of the reuse of digital library materials (“content reuse”)


Building on this white paper, the User Studies Working Group will begin work on two new projects in 2016. Those interested in learning more about the User Studies Working Group, or the DLF AIG, should visit our wiki page. Emails regarding next steps and new projects will be shared in the coming weeks.


If you have any questions or comments about the final draft, or getting involved in new projects, please contact Santi Thompson ([log in to unmask]).


DLF User Studies Working Group


Joyce Chapman, Duke University

Jody DeRidder, University of Alabama

Megan Hurst, Athenaeum21 Consulting

Elizabeth Joan Kelly, Loyola University New Orleans

Martha Kyrillidou, Association of Research Libraries

Caroline Muglia, University of Southern California

Genya O’Gara, Virtual Library of Virginia

Ayla Stein, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Santi Thompson, University of Houston

Rachel Trent, George Washington University

Liz Woolcott, Utah State University

Tao Zhang, Purdue University


Santi Thompson, Head of Digital Repository Services
University Libraries
University of Houston
A Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university
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