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World Digital Libraries: An International Journal
Vol.1(1)  June 2008
Print ISSN : 0974-567X
MEDLIS: Model for Evaluation of Digital Libraries and Information Services
GOBINDA CHOWDHURY (gobinda.chowdhury@cis.strath.ac.uk); DAVID MCMENEMY (david.mcmenemy@cis.strath.ac.uk), and ALAN POULTER, (alan.poulter@cis.strath.ac.uk), Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde Glasgow G1 1XH, UK
The review of literature revealed that there is no uniform model or framework for evaluation of
digital libraries. A generic model for evaluation of digital libraries and information services,
called MEDLIS, is discussed in this paper. It proposes a generic framework for evaluation of
digital libraries, which takes into account a number of pertinent issues related to a digital library
service including the usage and usability issues, users? as well as service providers? perspectives,
and most importantly, the business model of the concerned digital library. A multi-method
evaluation strategy is proposed, which can be used for evaluation of any type of digital library.


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