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User Engagement with Digital Archives: A Case Study of Emblematica Online

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Presentation on a user study of Emblematica Online given at the 2014 Library Research Showcase.

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User Engagement with Digital Archives: A Case Study of Emblematica Online

  1. 1. User Engagement with Digital Archives: A Case Study of Emblematica Online Harriett Green, Timothy Cole, MJ Han, and Mara Wade Library Research Showcase 2014
  2. 2. What is an Emblem? Motto Pictura Subscriptio Peter Isselburg, Emblemata Politica, 1617 http://libsysdigi.library.uiuc.edu/OCA/B ooks2009-10/emblematapolitic00isel/ @greenharr green19@illinois.edu
  3. 3. Emblematica Online http://emblematica.library.illinois.edu • Currently funded by NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources • Provides single point of access to digitized emblem books from libraries in U.S., Germany, Netherlands, UK • Conducting a user study of the Open Emblem Portal @greenharr green19@illinois.edu
  4. 4. User responses Searching Teaching Research Improve Functionalities Goals of study • Understand research practices of scholars who use emblem books • Understand behaviors of researchers working with Emblematica Online and similar digital archives • Gather input on functionalities and services in Emblematica Expand reach of emblem scholarship
  5. 5. Coming Up Next…. Functionalities • Improved search interface • Facets by institution • Emblem-level metadata • IconClass cataloging • Annotation Tool • Collection Building tool User Study • Winter 2014: Usability testing Open Emblem portal • ACRL 2015 paper on the full user study http://emblematica.library.illinois.edu @greenharr green19@illinois.edu
  6. 6. Thank you! Harriett Green English and Digital Humanities Librarian University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign green19@illinois.edu Twitter: @greenharr
  7. 7. Photo Credits • Joseph Mayer, Vortrefflich-Hoch-Adeliches Controfeé, http://hdl.handle.net/10111/EmblemRegistry: E001002 • "Magnifying Glass,” by Auntie P, on Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/auntiep/171352 31 • "Tunnel of black” by Shemsu.Hor, on Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/shemsu_hor/14 814306629

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