Collaborative digital library of historical resources: evaluation of first users

Abdullah, A. and Zainab, A.N. (2007) Collaborative digital library of historical resources: evaluation of first users. Malaysian Journal of Library & Information Science, 12 (2). pp. 99-122. ISSN 1394-6234,


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This paper describes the digital library of historical resources, a research project which involves building a testbed for the purpose of developing and testing new collaborative digital library functionality and presents an initial analysis of the digital library's public use on the web. The digital library is modeled to focus on serving secondary students information needs in conducting history projects. As such, in the implementation of the digital library, the use of online resources would be an integral part of history project based learning activities. Students should be enabled to access digital resources, create and publish their own documents in the digital library and share them with others. As a testbed system, the collaborative digital library known as CoreDev has demonstrated its capabilities in serving an educational community as has been reflected by the positive feedback on the functional requirements from 44 users. Over 75 of the respondents in the user survey considered themselves capable of using the digital library easily. The beta tester demographics (n = 105) indicate that the digital library is reaching its target communities.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Abdullah, Abrizah Zainab, A. N.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Collaborative digital libraries; User testing and evaluation; Digital libraries in education; Usability study; Historical resources; School projects
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources
Divisions: Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology > Dept of Library & Information Science Unit
Depositing User: Miss Nur Jannatul Adnin Ahmad Shafawi
Date Deposited: 22 May 2013 00:27
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2014 12:47

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