The impact of usability of online library catalogues on the user performance

Obead Alhadreti, Roobaea Alroobaea, Kamil Wnuk, Pam J. Mayhew

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The rapid evolution of Information Technologies (IT), especially with the coming of the Internet, has existed online library catalogues which have a vital part to play in Educational life. The online library is a type of information retrieval system. It is a library in which collections are stored in digital formats. These formats may be stored locally or entered remotely via computer networks. To assess the success of online library catalogues; usability criteria should be considered to ensure that users can find their way quickly and easily to e-resources. This paper aims to use thinking aloud protocol to evaluate two distinct interfaces of library catalogues to examine how their usability problems significantly impede user performance. The results show that the usability is the main factor affecting users' performance, and it is the best attribute to measure the extent to which the online library catalogues meets the requirements of their users. © 2014 IEEE.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICISA 2014 - 2014 5th International Conference on Information Science and Applications
Place of PublicationNEW YORK
PublisherThe Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-4443-9
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event5th International Conference on Information Science and Applications, ICISA 2014 - Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 6 May 20149 May 2014

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Information Science and Applications
ISSN (Print)2162-9048


Conference5th International Conference on Information Science and Applications, ICISA 2014
Country/TerritorySouth Korea


  • concurrent Thinking-Aloud method
  • Ergonomic quality
  • Online libraries catalogue
  • Usability attribute

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