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Oksana Zavalina. User Searches in IMLS DCC Collection Registry: Transaction Log
Analysis. Technical Report UIUCLIS--2006/3+IMLS, Graduate School of Library and
Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, 2006.
Subject access to collections has been in the focus of attention of LIS field for decades. A
number of catalog use studies have been conducted in attempts to better understand its role and
the problems user faces while searching for the information on a particular topic, with
transaction log analysis being one of the methods widely employed by these studies. However,
issues of subject access in federated collections, where the "unit of analysis" is a collection
rather than an item search, have not yet been investigated. This paper reports an attempt of such
an analysis performed on the IMLS Digital Collection Registry transaction log dataset.
IMLS Digital Collections and Content project is being implemented at the University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign since January 2003. Within the project framework, a registry of all
National Leadership Grant collections with digital content has been created. The IMLS
Collection Registry includes collection level descriptions1 and links to homepages of over 170
digital collections, created by libraries, museums, historical societies, botanical gardens and
other cultural heritage institutions with support of the National Leadership Grant administered by
the Institute of Museum and Library Services since 1998. The IMLS Digital Collections Registry
is indexed with the GEM (Gateway to Educational Materials) subject headings, which provide
broad categories for browsing considered suitable for the educational and cultural heritage
GEM project, started in September 1996, is an initiative of the National Library of Education to
expand educators' access to Internet-based lesson plans, curriculum units and other educational
materials (Sutton, 1999). GEM Element Set is an extension of the Dublin Core Element Set, with
eight elements added to the initial 15-element DC package. In 1997, GEM subject scheme was
created as the Subject Element GEM Controlled Vocabulary to describe digital objects in
Gateway for Educational Materials repository. In part due to high national and international
1 See for example http://imlsdcc.grainger.uiuc.edu/collections/FullDisplay.asp?cid=2404
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Zavalina, Oksana. User Searches in IMLS DCC Collection Registry: Transaction Log Analysis, report, 2006; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc77123/m1/1/: accessed May 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Information.