User Tagging Behaviors in an OPAC: An Analysis of Seven Years of I-Share User Tags

Brinna Michael, Myung-ja Han

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Abstract

User tagging services are under-used in cultural heritage institutions despite existing for over a decade. This study considers seven years of user tags from university and public institutions by comparing service usage between institution types and qualitatively analyzing a selection of tags from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Researchers found that, overall, few users are tagging items in the online catalogs, but tags being created are largely descriptive in nature, indicating the potential to improve discoverability for under-described materials. With improved education on their use and purpose, tagging and annotation services can become invaluable resources for cultural heritage institutions.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-14
Number of pages11
JournalLibrary Resources & Technical Services
Volume64
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2020

Keywords

  • user tags
  • access and description
  • OPAC
  • discoverability
  • annotation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences

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