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Developing an academic library website model, a designer’s checklist, and an evaluative instrument: A Delphi method approach

Anusha Lakmini Wijayaratne (Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Sri Lanka.)
Diljit Singh (Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology, University of Malaya, Kuala-Lumpur, Malaysia)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 2 February 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to introduce a library website model. Further, the paper discusses a designer’s checklist and an evaluative instrument that were constructed based on the proposed model.

Design/methodology/approach

The model was developed through a Delphi study that was participated by two panels of experts. The researcher communicated with the panel members via e-mail using two Delphi instruments designed out of two item pools that were developed based on the knowledge gained from surveying the literature, visiting the selected libraries and exploring the library websites. Then, a designer’s checklist and an evaluative instrument were derived from the proposed model through a series of brainstorming sessions.

Findings

The proposed model consisted of altogether 140 items (60 web content elements and 80 web design features). The designer’s checklist comprises all 140 items, and the evaluative instrument comprises 60 content elements and 57 design features.

Research limitations/implications

This study has developed an academic library website model and derived two instruments based on the proposed model. Further studies are needed to customize, particularly, the web content pillar of this conceptual model, to meet the specific needs of different types of libraries including public libraries, special libraries, school libraries, etc.

Practical implications

The designer’s checklist and the evaluative instrument derived from the proposed model are useful tools for library professionals in designing, re-designing, maintaining and evaluating their library websites. The librarians may use these tools for both institutional and research purposes.

Originality/value

The model and the two instruments proposed by this study are unique in focus, origin, content and presentation.

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Citation

Wijayaratne, A.L. and Singh, D. (2015), "Developing an academic library website model, a designer’s checklist, and an evaluative instrument: A Delphi method approach", The Electronic Library, Vol. 33 No. 1, pp. 35-51. https://doi.org/10.1108/EL-11-2012-0115

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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