Released in March, 2010, this has only recently come to my attention. But, I thought many of you would also be interested in reading Dr. Waller’s article, Accessing the collection of a large public library: an analysis of OPAC use.
Here’s part of the Abstract:
Despite widespread use of Internet search engines, the online catalogue is still the main pathway to the collection of a particular library. The use of Internet search engines does, however, have implications for user expectations around the online catalogue, and search strategies when using the online catalogue. There is much research on online catalogue use that predates search engine use, and there is a need for more up-to-date research, particularly on the use of online catalogues in public libraries. [Read more…]