Discussing design: How search interface features support job tasks in an institutional repository

Anne Washington

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Abstract

Search engines are increasingly becoming a primary method of finding information. As organizations increase their collections of electronic documents, searching is also becoming a method of accessing institutional knowledge. This paper presents the findings of an inductive, interpretive field study on how institutional repository searchers describe their search experience in relation to their job tasks. Qualitative data were collected during a brainstorming meeting with searchers at a large public institution. The findings suggest that search interfaces require flexibility in order to accommodate multiple job tasks. The participants want direct control through interface customization features. They also want to cut down on repetitive search actions. Overall, institutional searchers want to manipulate the interface to reflect specific work tasks. The relationships identified in this study add to the existing quantitative data on the relationship between task and technology. This qualitative research approach provides detailed, authentic task descriptions for future usability testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAssociation for Information Systems - 12th Americas Conference On Information Systems, AMCIS 2006
Pages2964-2968
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Event12th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2006 - Acapulco, Mexico
Duration: Aug 4 2006Aug 6 2006

Publication series

NameAssociation for Information Systems - 12th Americas Conference On Information Systems, AMCIS 2006
Volume5

Other

Other12th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2006
CountryMexico
CityAcapulco
Period8/4/068/6/06

Keywords

  • Field study
  • Institutional repository
  • Interface features
  • Knowledge representation
  • Search
  • Tasks
  • Usability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Information Systems

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    Washington, A. (2006). Discussing design: How search interface features support job tasks in an institutional repository. In Association for Information Systems - 12th Americas Conference On Information Systems, AMCIS 2006 (pp. 2964-2968). (Association for Information Systems - 12th Americas Conference On Information Systems, AMCIS 2006; Vol. 5).