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Volume & Issue no: Volume 3, Issue 6, November - December 2014

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Title:
An Assessment of the Usability of the Africa University Digital Library, Mutare, Zimbabwe
Author Name:
Prof Nelson Jagero (PhD) , Collen Nhendo , Nevermore Sithole , Collence Takaingenhamo Chisita and Nelson Guvava
Abstract:
Abstract As numbers of digital library users increase, issues pertaining to interaction with the interface and utility of its collection also arise. In responds to the above, this study sought to facilitate the development of user centered digital libraries through user participation and involvement. An evaluation research design was used for the accomplishment of the research objectives. The research population consisted of 30 undergraduate students, 18 graduate students, 12 academic staff and 2 electronic resources staff. Questionnaires, interviews, and indirect observations were used to collect data. The results obtained led to conclusions that there was general dissatisfaction of users regarding the usability evaluation of the Africa University digital library, especially in terms of the adequacy of the collection and the system responds time. Bandwidth problems, lack of user training, and lack of cooperation from faculty librarians were noted as the main inhibitors to the attainment of the highest degree of usability for the digital library in terms of satisfying user needs and expectations. Recommendations were thus given for the digital library development team to involve user views and Faculty Librarians together with the Information and Communication Technology staff in the digital library development process. Keywords:-Digital libraries, institutional repositories, usability studies, electronic resources
Cite this article:
Prof Nelson Jagero (PhD) , Collen Nhendo , Nevermore Sithole , Collence Takaingenhamo Chisita and Nelson Guvava , " An Assessment of the Usability of the Africa University Digital Library, Mutare, Zimbabwe" , International Journal of Emerging Trends & Technology in Computer Science (IJETTCS) , Volume 3, Issue 6, November - December 2014 , pp. 156-161 , ISSN 2278-6856.
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