Finding Roots, Gems, and Inspiration: Understanding the Ultimate Uses of Digital Materials
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The University of Houston Digital Library (UHDL) is the point of virtual access for digitized cultural, historical and research materials for the university’s libraries. UHDL developed a "digital cart” system (DCS) that allow users to download high resolution images from its collections. The DCS records important information supplied by the user regarding the intended use of the downloaded images. Until now, no analysis of the transaction log for the DCS has been completed. This lightning talk will outline how researchers analyzed the transaction logs and coded portions of the data from it. They will present on the interesting and innovative uses by patrons. This research is significant because little is known about how users are making use of the materials beyond their visit to UHDL.