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Title:Academic library websites in South Africa
Author:Wood, MandyISNI
Periodical:Innovation: Journal of Appropriate Librarianship and Information Work in Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:university libraries
Abstract:This paper investigates the current state of 23 academic library web sites in South Africa. Using an adapted version of a codebook developed in the United States, it assesses and measures features in a quantitative manner in order to build a snapshot of content and design. In particular it looks at the presence and treatment of online electronic resources and services, navigation and searching functionality, terminology and innovative features. It finds that all of the web sites are linked from the home page of their parent university and almost all have separate electronic resources pages. A majority of the web sites offer online tutorials and electronic mail-based reference but only nine offer online interlibrary loan. It identifies some problems with the web sites, suggesting that some of the problems of the web site users include navigation and restricted hours of operation. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]