MEDDLEing with Digital Library Searches: Surmounting User Model and System Misalignments through Lightweight Bespoke Proxying

David Bainbridge, Annika Hinze, Sally Jo Cunningham, J. Stephen Downie

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We document how surprisingly easy it is for user misconceptions to arise when using digital library search interfaces, and the significant unseen impact this can have on the user's interpretation of search results. Further, we detail a bespoke proxying technique we have devised called Meddle - for ModifiED Digital Library Environment - which is a lightweight agile technique that helps address identified pitfalls in a DL search interface that operates independently of the originating digital library.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationJCDL 2018 - Proceedings of the 18th ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450351782
StatePublished - May 23 2018
Event18th ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, JCDL 2018 - Fort Worth, United States
Duration: Jun 3 2018Jun 7 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries
ISSN (Print)1552-5996


Other18th ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, JCDL 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityFort Worth


  • bespoke proxying
  • digital library search
  • usability issues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering

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