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Bibliographies and white papers

OCLC staff, members and partners work together on a wide variety of research activities related to libraries, museums and archives. The results of these efforts are often applicable to the work of library managers, teachers, sudents and other information professionals. We hope that the reports and projects listed below are useful to those looking to learn more about the intersection of library services, technology and culture.

Bibliographies

Library Users and Non-Users. OCLC Library.

The OCLC Library has begun a collection of studies on how libraries fit into people's information-seeking behavior. Right now we are concentrating on published books, reports or dissertations, rather than articles, and are generally looking for items that cover more than a single library, though we've made some exceptions if the study is of significant interest.


White papers

Meeting the e-Resources Challenge

Is it possible to centralise the management of licensed resources and maximize their exposure within one seamless workflow? Case studies and findings from the e-Resource Advisory Council provide a set of challenges and related recommendations. The goal? Put electronic materials into the hands of library users more quickly, regardless of where they start their online information search.
Published: 2013


The Use of Eye-Tracking to Evaluate the Effects of Format, Search Type, and Search Engine on the User's Processing of a Search Results Page. Mike Prasse, Ph.D.

An analysis of user's eye fixations on a Search results page as a function of the search engine used, Search type (Known Item or Discovery), and format of the searched-for item.
Published: February 2011