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dc.contributor.advisorSummers, Kathryn
dc.contributor.authorRixter, Jared
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Baltimore. Division of Science, Information Arts, and Technologies.en_US
dc.contributor.programUniversity of Baltimore. Master of Science in Interaction Design and Information Architecture.en_US
dc.descriptionM.S. -- University of Baltimore, 2021
dc.descriptionThesis submitted to the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Baltimore in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Interaction Design and Information Architecture.
dc.description.abstractSearch and browsing are essential to information retrieval in libraries. Digital library users will engage in these behaviors to find books they need in any digital library’s interface. Search is supported through the search bar, which is an incredibly powerful tool for any website that holds vast amounts of information. The operation of search engines and the usability of search interfaces have improved greatly over the last two decades. In contrast, the mechanisms and tools for online browsing have not been as well developed. This paper seeks to understand user browsing behaviors on digital libraries and whether their experience suffered if they could not use the searching tool. This research was based heavily around Dana McKay’s guidelines for digital browsing, and Marcia Bates’ browsing behaviors. Sixteen participants completed a survey regarding their reading habits and library usage. They then conducted user testing with several digital libraries and Netflix. Netflix was chosen because its users rely heavily on browsing to find content, and Netflix supports browsing quite successfully. The digital library tasks required users to browse for books that fit a certain criteria and books that they would personally read. The task for Netflix required participants to find something to watch that they had never seen before. The results suggest that although digital libraries still have room for improvement, the gap between their browsing experiences and websites like Netflix may not be as far as initially anticipated. This paper compares the strengths and benefits of each digital library to illuminate some best practices for current and future digital repositories.en_US
dc.format.extent66 leavesen_US
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dc.subjectDigital librariesen_US
dc.subjectDigital libraryen_US
dc.subjectinformation seekingen_US
dc.subjectinformation retrievalen_US
dc.subjectdigital repositoriesen_US
dc.titleExamining the Richness of Browsing in Digital Libraries & Netflixen_US

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