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Friday, May 20 • 12:00pm - 12:20pm
Avoiding a 'Level of Discontent' in Finding Aids: An Analysis of User Engagement Across EAD Levels

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USU Libraries Cataloging and Metadata Services unit investigated the discoverability of local Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids. The research team put two versions of the same finding aid online with one described at the file (box or folder) level and the other described at the item level. Over a year later the team pulled the analytics for each guide and assessed the descriptive level most frequently accessed as well as the search terms patrons utilized and where they were found in finding aid tags. Presenters will discuss the methodology of the project and research outcomes. 

Learning objectives:
Participants will learn about user search behavior in an academic library setting. 
Participants will learn research methods for assessing user search behavior in EAD finding aids.


Andrea Payant

Cataloging & Metadata Librarian, Utah State University

Anna-Maria Amljots

Utah State University
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Paul Daybell

Archival Cataloging Librarian, Utah State University
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Becky Skeen

Special Collections Cataloging Librarian, Utah State University
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Liz Woolcott

Associate Dean for Collections and Discovery, Utah State University Libraries

Friday May 20, 2022 12:00pm - 12:20pm MDT
Twilight 3 & 4