Seek and You Shall Find? An Observational Study of Music Students' Library Catalog Search Behavior
Journal of Academic Librarianship
Music libraries, Catalog usability, User behavior, Information seeking behavior, Library science research, Music scores
Information Literacy | Library and Information Science | Music Education
This observational study examined the strategies that music students used to locate scores and media items in an academic library's online public access catalog (OPAC). During a usability test, investigators tracked students' search strategies and behaviors, and measured their success in identifying appropriate items. Students experienced briefer, less complicated, and more successful queries for media items than for music scores (the latter of which they struggled to find and properly identify). Class standing, library catalog experience, and prior library instruction had no significant effect on positive outcomes. Searches for music scores were highly sensitive to variations in query wording, and students frequently struggled to revise their searches.
Clark, Joe C. and Yeager, Kristin E. (2018). Seek and You Shall Find? An Observational Study of Music Students' Library Catalog Search Behavior. Journal of Academic Librarianship 44(1), 105-112. doi: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.10.001 Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.kent.edu/libpubs/288