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Scholarly Practice, Participatory Design and the eXtensible Catalog

May 10th, 2011 by Kathryn Deiss in Publications No Comments

Scholarly Practice, Participatory Design and the eXtensible CatalogACRL announces the publication of Scholarly Practice, Participatory Design and the eXtensible Catalog, edited by Nancy Fried Foster, Katie Clark, Kornelia Tancheva and Rebekah Kilzer. This exciting new title examines the application of forward-thinking, collaborative research and design principles to the software development process.

As part of the development of eXtensible Catalog (XC), a project sponsored by the University of Rochester’s River Campus Libraries, four institutions conducted eighty interviews and numerous workshops to understand how researchers learn about, acquire and use scholarly resources. Research findings informed the design and development of XC, a set of open-source applications that provides access to resources across a range of databases, metadata schemas and standards.

In Scholarly Practice, Participatory Design and the eXtensible Catalog, members of the project team report on key findings of the user research that was done at Cornell University, Ohio State University, the University of Rochester and Yale University. The team members discuss the value of including library users and technology specialists from many disciplines in the software design and development process. The book will prove useful to librarians working with Web usability, user interface development or library catalogs, along with anyone interested in applying ethnographic research to a variety of development projects

Scholarly Practice, Participatory Design and the eXtensible Catalog is available for purchase through the ALA Online Store, Amazon.com and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

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