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Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries pp 280-294 | Cite as

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

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9316)

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Browsing Books Libraries Information seeking Classification systems Log analysis 

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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