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" Creating a User Account and Logging In/Out: User account should not be required to access the full content and
functionality of the product. When users desire to set up a user account, it should be easy to accomplish and
users should be able to see the value in doing so; the logout button is obvious.
" General Indexing: The records should be accurate and match the information in the item (e.g., spelling of author
names) and should be comprehensive (include: all authors, multiple subject terms). Author's names should be
viewable in a variety of ways (e.g., firstname lastname; lastname, firstname; initials, lastname; etc.)
" Discovery: Searching should be across both the index and the full text, if applicable.
" Search and Browse Methods: Multiple methods of searching and browsing (simple, advanced, browsing, subject
term selection, narrowing topics from within results, etc.) should be available and easy to locate and invoke.
" Search Techniques: Users can use Boolean operators, truncation, keyword searching, proximity searching, or
wildcards. Users can browse one or more indexes of records or items. One or more thesauruses is available. The
search system suggests alternatives for misspelled words and names.
" Search Pages: All search pages should be attractive, intuitive, and easy to find. The advanced search should
allow the user to limit by: full-text availability, language, item format, date, publication type, specific publication
(if applicable), text found in abstracts, and other facets.
" Subject Searching: Subject terms should be comprehensive and appropriate to the field. If a personal user
account is available, users can tag or otherwise add to the subject headings. Subject terms should include both
those from a controlled vocabulary as well as natural language.
" Readability: Text should be easy to read, fonts should be clean and sized appropriately, whitespace between
elements should be adequate, headings and borders should be appropriate and useful, and there should be
sufficient color contrast on pages for low-vision readers.
" References: A citation should be available for each record or item. Users can output to our preferred citation
manager. Multiple citation formats should be made available and can be copied outside the platform.
" Online Help Pages/Tutorials: These should be available, easy to find, include help and tutorials in both text and
video format, and should be applicable to issues users are likely to encounter.
" Search Results: Search results should be relevant and presented clearly. They should be easily be limited once
retrieved and, if a personal user account is available, saved for later use. Images, videos and text should all be
included and clearly defined by format.
" Output Options: Users should find it easy to email, download, and print records or items and to share the
content and citations via social media. No more than three steps (clicks) should be involved.
" Mobile Content: The user interface should render well on iPad, iPhone, popular Android devices and other
Appendix F: Privacy Guidelines
American Library Association's Library Privacy Guidelines for E-book Lending and Digital Content Vendors
Appendix G: UNT Collection Development Open Access Content Manifesto
The Future of Scholarly Communications
In the current environment of research at academic institutions, the products of research, including research and the
scholarly review of such research, is extracted from academic institutions and sold back to universities by outside
entities. Access to this research, which is often funded by the government and non-profit entities in the first place, is
then restricted to institutional affiliates in ways that preclude access by taxpayers and diminish the public-serving
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Crawford, Laurel & Rodriguez, Allyson. University of North Texas Manifesto: Expectations for Vendors of Library Collections, text, February 2, 2018; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1114882/m1/6/: accessed July 30, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .