Interfaces and tools for the Library of Congress National Digital Library Program

Gary Marchionini, Catherine Plaisant, Anita Komlodi

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This paper describes a collaborative effort to explore user needs in a digital library, develop interface prototypes for a digital library and suggest and prototype tools for digital librarians and users at the Library of Congress (LC). Interfaces were guided by an assessment of user needs and aimed to maximize interaction with primary resources and support both browsing and analytical search strategies. Tools to aid users and librarians in overviewing collections, previewing objects and gathering results were created and serve as the beginnings of a digital librarian toolkit. The design process and results are described and suggestions for future work are offered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)535-555
Number of pages21
JournalInformation Processing and Management
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1998


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Media Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Library and Information Sciences

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