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Head, Alison J. 1957-

Overview
Works: 13 works in 40 publications in 1 language and 1,595 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Library use studies 
Roles: Author
Classifications: QA76.9.H85, 004.019
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Most widely held works by Alison J Head
Design wise a guide for evaluating the interface design of information resources by Alison J Head( )

15 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 1,456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A badly designed Web site interface can result in a site that is hard to find and hard to use but a well-designed interface helps users find and utilize the information they need quickly and easily. Explaining what interface design is and how to evaluate it, this guide explores the importance of interface design to users, reveals how a product gets designed, and provides a design evaluation template and design analyses of CD-ROMs, Web sites, and online providers
On-the-job research : how usable are corporate research intranets? by Alison J Head( Book )

4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Design wise : a guide to evaluating the interface design of information resources by Alison J Head( Book )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A badly designed Web site interface can result in a site that is hard to find and hard to use but a well-designed interface helps users find and utilize the information they need quickly and easily. Explaining what interface design is and how to evaluate it, this guide explores the importance of interface design to users, reveals how a product gets designed, and provides a design evaluation template and design analyses of CD-ROMs, Web sites, and online providers
Truth be told how college students evaluate and use information in the digital age by Alison J Head( )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lessons learned how college students seek information in the digital age by Alison J Head( )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Finding context what today's college students say about conducting research in the digital age by Alison J Head( )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Assigning inquiry how handouts for research assignments guide today's college students by Alison J Head( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Learning the ropes how freshmen conduct course research once they enter college by Alison J Head( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper presents findings about the challenges today's college freshmen face, and the information-seeking strategies they develop, use, and adapt as they make the transition from high school to college and begin to complete college-level research assignments. Included are data from a comparative analysis of library resources in 30 US high school and 6 college and university libraries; interviews with 35 first-term freshmen from 6 US colleges and universities; and an online survey with 1,941 US high school and college student respondents. Findings indicate a majority of freshmen find it difficult to effectively search academic library portals. To a lesser extent, they struggle with reading and comprehending scholarly materials once they are able to find them and have trouble figuring out faculty expectations for course research assignments. Taken together, our findings suggest the Google-centric search skills that freshmen bring from high school only get them so far with finding and using trusted sources they need for fulfilling college research assignments. Moreover, many freshmen appeared to be unfamiliar with how academic libraries--and the vast array of digital resources they provide--can best meet their needs. Included are recommendations for how campus-wide stakeholders--librarians, faculty, and administrators--can work together when instructing freshmen to be better researchers
Balancing act how college students manage technology while in the library during crunch time by Alison J Head( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Learning curve how college graduates solve information problems once they join the workplace by Alison J Head( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Qualitative findings about the information-seeking behavior of today's college graduates as they transition from the campus to the workplace. Included are findings from interviews with 23 US employers and focus groups with 33 recent graduates from four US colleges and universities, conducted as an exploratory study for Project Information Literacy's (PIL's) Passage Studies. Most graduates in our focus groups said they found it difficult to solve information problems in the workplace, where unlike college, a sense of urgency pervaded and where personal contacts often reaped more useful results than online searches. Graduates said they leveraged essential information competencies from college for extracting content and also developed adaptive information-seeking strategies for reaching out to trusted colleagues in order to compensate for what they lacked. At the same time, employers said they recruited graduates, in part, for their online searching skills but still expected and needed more traditional research competencies, such as thumbing through bound reports, picking up the telephone, and interpreting research results with team members. They found that their college hires rarely demonstrated these competencies. Overall, our findings suggest there is a distinct difference between today's graduates who demonstrated how quickly they found answers online and seasoned employers who needed college hires to use a combination of online and traditional methods to conduct comprehensive research
Web Usability and Essential Interface Design Issues( )

1 edition published in 1997 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Design Wise : A Guide for Evaluating the Interface Design of Information Resources / A.J. Head by Alison J Head( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Contenido: Básicos del diseño de interface; Análisis
Project Information Literacy : What Can Be Learned about the Information-Seeking Behavior of Today's College Students? by Alison J Head( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Project Information Literacy (PIL) has conducted six studies since 2008 to investigate what it is like to be a college student in the digital age. Survey and interview data has been collected from more than 11,000 US college students to investigate how they find, evaluate, and use information for their course work and for addressing issues that arise in their everyday lives. This paper highlights findings from these studies. In particular, the students surveyed have reported having more difficulty with defining and narrowing research topics than with conducting searches for materials, and they use the same small set of information resources when conducting course-related and everyday life research. Taken together, findings from the six studies suggest these students use strategies driven by efficiency and predictability in order to manage and control the vast amount of information that is available to them. PIL's typology is reviewed about the four information contexts undergraduates seek during their research processes
 
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Head, Alison 1957-

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