Tyranny of Distance: Understanding Academic Library Browsing by Refining the Neighbour Effect

  • Dana McKayEmail author
  • George Buchanan
  • Shanton Chang
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9316)


Browsing is a part of book seeking that is important to readers, poorly understood, and ill supported in digital libraries. In earlier work, we attempted to understand the impact of browsing on book borrowing by examining whether books near other loaned books were more likely to be loaned themselves, a phenomenon we termed the neighbour effect. In this paper we further examine the neighbour effect, looking specifically at size, interaction with search and topic boundaries, increasing our understanding of browsing behaviour.


Browsing Books Libraries Information seeking Classification systems Log analysis 



This paper contains information from OhioLINK Circulation Data (, made available by OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. and OhioLINK under the ODC Attribution License ( Travel to the conference was partially funded by a Google Travel Scholarship administered by the Department of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for HCI DesignCity University LondonLondonUK

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