Design Standards for LibGuides: Does Better Design Lead to Greater Use? Public Deposited

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  • February 28, 2019
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  • Slemons, Megan
    • Affiliation: School of Information and Library Science
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  • Web-based research guides are a major service provided by academic libraries, which require a significant investment of staff time to create and maintain. These guides, however, are not heavily used. Librarians need to understand the factors influencing the use a guide receives in order to make improvements that will increase usage. The literature suggests many design standards for guides to follow, but no quantitative assessment has been undertaken to determine whether good design really does increase research guide use. In a case study of LibGuides at Kennesaw State University, use of guides is regressed against a specific list of design and usability standards based on the library science and web design literature. The results demonstrate the effect each variable has on use and how well design predicts use overall. A list of standard design recommendations is presented, and other factors influencing guide use are also considered.
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  • Pomerantz, Jeffrey
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  • Master of Science in Library Science
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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