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Monday, June 11 • 9:00am - 10:00am
How We Talk About Assessment: A new framework for digital libraries

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Content reuse, or how often and in what ways digital library materials are utilized and repurposed, is a key indicator of the impact and value of a digital collection. Traditional library analytics focus almost entirely on simple access statistics, which do not show how users utilize or transform unique materials digital collections. This lack of distinction, combined with a lack of standardized assessment approaches, makes it difficult to develop user-responsive collections or highlight the value of these materials. This in turn presents significant challenges for developing the appropriate staffing, system infrastructure, and long-term funding models needed to support digital collections.

The grant project, Developing a Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects,an IMLS-funded project (LG-73-17-0002-17) by the Digital Library Federation Assessment Interest Group (DLF-AIG), is working to address this critical area. The work has begun with an in-depth   needs assessment of the Digital Library community to determine desired functionality for the construction of a reuse assessment toolkit. The development of  well-defined functional requirements and use cases will serve as the building blocks of an assessment toolkit that goes beyond use, and focuses on transformation.

In addition to providing more information on the goals and methods of the grant project, this presentation will: illustrate the variety of  ways digital library objects are being reused; share the results of the grant team’s work, thus far, including  survey data analysis and ) in-person and virtual focus groups sessions. The presentation will conclude with the team’s early findings and will engage the audience to contribute their feedback on the project and deliverables.

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Caroline Muglia

Co-Associate Dean for Collections, University of Southern California
Caroline Muglia is the Co-Associate Dean for Collections at University of Southern California (USC). In this capacity, she also manages collection assessment and resource sharing initiatives at the Libraries.

Monday June 11, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Highland Ballroom IV/V