Accessing and Using Digital Libraries in Art History

  • Christina KamposioriEmail author
  • Claire Warwick
  • Simon Mahony
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 817)


Over the past decades, the increase in the use of digital resources and the growth of research conducted in digital environments has transformed academic scholarship. The goal of this paper is to highlight the importance of understanding user behavior and needs for building digital libraries and resources that have a positive effect on the whole scholarly workflow. For this purpose, the art historical discipline will be used as a case study; by employing an ethnographic approach to the study of scholarly habits, we managed to uncover the requirements that scholars in the field have in terms of accessing and using digital libraries. The complex information behavior of art historians as well as the challenges they often face when interacting with digital resources make them a great example to demonstrate the impact that digital libraries and archives can have on the research process.


Digital libraries Digital resources Information behavior Art history Access User requirements Research Teaching 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Digital HumanitiesUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of English StudiesUniversity of DurhamDurhamUK

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