Library Web Site Assessment

Library Web Site Assessment

Ray White (South East Metropolitan College of TAFE, Australia) and S. P. Maj (Edith Cowan University, Western Australia)
Copyright: © 2002 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-931777-16-2.ch013


Libraries must increasingly compete as providers of information. Most, if not all, libraries now have a Web page that serves a variety of functions. Increasingly for some users the library web page may be their first introduction to a library. Furthermore, on-line use of library resources is becoming increasingly common. Accordingly an effective Web page design is essential. This chapter presents a Web page assessment tool, developed by the authors, based on a model used in the e-commerce sector. This tool was used to analyze the Web pages of libraries in the Australian Vocational Education & Training sector. The results clearly show both the strengths and weaknesses of Web pages. The lack of a standard method and guidelines for web page authoring is discussed.

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