Challenges and Opportunities of ACM Digital Library: A Preliminary Survey on Different Users

  • Shaobo Liang
  • Daqing HeEmail author
  • Dan Wu
  • Haoge Hu
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 12051)


As currently the ACM Digital Library (ACM DL) is developing its new version, this study aimed to understand the usages of ACM DL. Through focusing on the existing critical barriers for different DL users in their usages of the current ACM DL, this study aimed to identify important potential directions for the further developments of the new ACM DL. A survey was conducted among different countries, and 157 valid responses were collected. The results show information access barriers to the current ACM DL in the aspects of resource formats, browsing experience, and searching experience. We then proposed several design changes that can help developers of the ACM DL and other DLs to design more user-centered DL interfaces.


Digital Library Information access Online survey 



This work is an outcome of project “User Seeking Behavior Modeling and Search Technology Development Within Multi-Device Integrated Search Environment” (No. 71673204) supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wuhan UniversityWuhanChina
  2. 2.University of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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