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Return to relevance

Robert Fox (University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, USA)

OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives

ISSN: 1065-075X

Article publication date: 9 February 2015

Abstract

Purpose

In order to continue to respond to patron needs in a relevant way, it is necessary to continuously reevaluate the central message that the library website is intended to convey. It ' s necessary to question assumptions, listen to user needs, and shift our paradigm to make the library web presence as effective as possible.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a regular viewpoint column. A basic literature review was done prior to the column being written.

Findings

The library Web site remains, in many respects, the “first face” of the library for patrons. To remain relevant, traditional methodologies used in library science may need to be set aside or catered to the needs of the patron.

Originality/value

Various methods regarding design philosophy are explored which may be of use to information professionals responsible for the design and content of the library Web sites.

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Citation

Fox, R. (2015), "Return to relevance", OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives, Vol. 31 No. 1, pp. 2-6. https://doi.org/10.1108/OCLC-10-2014-0035

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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