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HCIL-98-01, CS-TR-3872, UMIACS-TR-98-09
This paper describes a collaborative effort to explore user needs in a digital library, develop interface
prototypes for a digital library, and suggest and prototype tools for digital librarians and users at the
Library of Congress (LC). Interfaces were guided by an assessment of user needs and aimed to maximize
interaction with primary resources and support both browsing and analytical search strategies. Tools to
aid users and librarians in overviewing collections, previewing objects, and gathering results were
created and serve as the beginnings of a digital librarian toolkit. The design process and results are
described and suggestions for future work are offered.