Developing an academic library website model, a designer’s checklist, and an evaluative instrument

Wijayaratne, A.L. and Singh, D. (2015) Developing an academic library website model, a designer’s checklist, and an evaluative instrument. Electronic Library, 33 (1). pp. 35-51. ISSN 0264-0473, DOI

Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL:


Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to introduce a library website model. Further, the paper discusses a designer's checklist and an evaluative instrument that were constructed based on the proposed model. Design/methodology/approach - The model was developed through a Delphi study that was participated by two panels of experts. The researcher communicated with the panel members via e-mail using two Delphi instruments designed out of two item pools that were developed based on the knowledge gained from surveying the literature, visiting the selected libraries and exploring the library websites. Then, a designers checklist and an evaluative instrument were derived from the proposed model through a series of brainstorming sessions. Findings - The proposed model consisted of altogether 140 items (60 web content elements and 80 web design features). The designers checklist comprises all 140 items, and the evaluative instrument comprises 60 content elements and 57 design features. Research limitations/implications - This study has developed an academic library website model and derived two instruments based on the proposed model. Further studies are needed to customize, particularly, the web content pillar of this conceptual model, to meet the specific needs of different types of libraries including public libraries, special libraries, school libraries, etc. Practical implications - The designers checklist and the evaluative instrument derived from the proposed modelare useful tools for library professionals in designing, re-designing, maintainingandevaluating their library websites. The librarians may use these tools for both institutional and research purposes. Originality/value - The model and the two instruments proposed by this study are unique in focus, origin, content and presentation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Library web content; Library web design; Library website; Library website models
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources
Divisions: Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2018 06:14
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2018 06:14

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item