Athena Salaba

Athena Salaba
Kent State University | KSU · School of Information

PhD in Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Introduction
Athena Salaba currently works as a faculty member at the School of Information, Kent State University. Athena does research in knowledge organization, representation of information resources, conceptual modeling of bibliographic and subject data, user interactions with search interfaces and representations of knowledge and information resources. In addition, she is interested in knowledge organization education.

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Publications (40)
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Conceptual modeling of bibliographic data, including the FR models and the consolidated IFLA LRM, has provided an opportunity to shift focus to entities and relationships and to support hierarchical work-based exploration of bibliographic information. This paper reports on a study examining the complexity of a work’s bibliographic family data and u...
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The proceedings explore knowledge organization systems and their role in knowledge organization, knowledge sharing, and information searching. The papers cover a wide range of topics related to knowledge transfer, representation, concepts and conceptualization, social tagging, domain analysis, music classification, fiction genres, museum organizati...
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Bibliographic information was presented using five different prototype systems, including four different visualizations of FRBR-based bibliographic information and one more traditional bibliographic information system. This study reports user performance and perceptions using the same tasks across the different visualizations. Users include undergr...
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This study supports the importance of critically examining the advantages of big data approaches to knowledge representation and organization and carefully considering the cultural, technological, scholarly, societal and ethical implications of data-driven methodologies. Taking into consideration the complexity of the processes of representation an...
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Critical issues for consideration to algorithmic processes for knowledge organization
Conference Paper
Traditionally, studies on the functions of the catalog have focused on the tasks performed by the users of catalog to access bibliographic information with the ultimate goal to access the content of the resources represented by the bibliographic data. This paper examines the uses of bibliographic metadata by a variety of user types and presents fin...
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The paper presents preliminary results on a study testing user interactions with five prototype systems, including four different visualizations of FRBR-based bibliographic information and one more typical bibliographic information system. Performance and perceptions findings using the same tasks across the different visualizations are reported wit...
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Preliminary finding on a user study examining interactions with FRBR-based bibliographic data. Prototypes include a Baseline system and a visualization system, using four different visualization techniques.
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The paper presents a preliminary report on two studies testing the same prototype system user interfaces in Slovenia and the USA. A comparison of results highlights some of the differences in performance and preferences between the two studies and leads to a discussion of possible implications for testing in different cultural environments on one h...
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Comparison of a study on visualizations of FRBR-based data. Study compares interactions of users in Slovenia and United States.
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The fourth edition of the late Lois Mai Chan's classic Cataloging and Classification covers the analysis and representation of methods used in describing, organizing, and providing access to resources made available in or through libraries. Since the last edition published in 2007, there have been dramatic changes in cataloging systems from the Lib...
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"Explore" is a user task introduced in the Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data (FRSAD) final report. Through various case scenarios, the authors discuss how structured data, presented based on Linked Data principles and using knowledge organisation systems (KOS) as the backbone, extend the explore task within and beyond subject autho...
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FRBR is a conceptual model of the bibliographic universe. While FRBR is focused on end-users, no user studies were performed for its development. Since its release, two research groups, one at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and another at Kent State University, USA, started to systematically verify the FRBR model with users. This paper will pro...
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FRBR user research has been the least addressed area in FRBR research and development. This article addresses the research gap in evaluating and designing catalogs based on FRBR user research. It draws from three user studies concerning FRBR-based catalogs: (1) user evaluation of three FRBR-based catalogs, (2) user participatory design of a prototy...
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This study examines users’ reactions to MusicAustralia, a digital library devoted to Australian music and musicians. The study’s goals were to examine whether a music retrieval system supports user tasks, and what features users find useful or desirable. Forty-seven users with varied musical backgrounds were selected from an academic institution to...
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This study addressed the research gap in evaluating effectiveness of newly developed systems for moving images from the user perspective. It aimed to better understand user needs while searching for moving images, to evaluate the effectiveness of current systems in supporting user tasks, to identify helpful system functions, features, and challenge...
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A study on the conceptual modeling of subject authority data. Building on the IFLA FRSAD model, this book provides additional explanation, examples and application scenarios
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Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) has a direct impact on the library and information science community in the areas of information organization, information representation, and system design. Although FRBR offers great potential for libraries to develop catalogs that function more effectively to help users access bibliographi...
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The IFLA Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) conceptual model, published in 1998, focuses on the representation of the bibliographic universe, using an entity-relationship model [1]. It has direct and great impact to the whole area of knowledge organization, especially the description, access, and sharing of bibliographic resou...
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Professionals and end-users use subject authority data in a variety of ways. This paper reports on the findings of two surveys on subject authority data use by information professionals in the semantic Web environment and by information professionals in libraries and information agencies.
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This article reports on a Delphi study conducted to determine key issues and challenges facing Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) re-search and practice. The Delphi panel consisted of thirty-three experts in the field who participated in a three-round issue-raising and consensus-building process via a Web-based survey instrume...
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This study sought to better understand search performance using an online portal containing a collection of heterogeneous library resources for K-12 students. Search performance is examined in terms of search success, search time, strategy, and effort. This study revealed unsuccessful searches tended to take longer than successful searches; prefere...
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Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) is a new conceptual model for representing the bibliographic universe with a strong user focus. Such a user focus offers opportunities for creating online catalogs that better support user information seeking. There have been a few online catalogs developed to explore effective implementation...
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Since the development of the online public access catalog (OPAC), there has been discussion about what constitutes a next-generation (NextGen) catalog. In the last few years, many user-centered features have been included in both vendor and open source NextGen catalogs. What is lacking, though, is a study of user perspectives on the usefulness of t...
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This study examines end-user interactions with indexing language information during subject searching in a library catalog and their understanding of this information and its function in term selection. Participants were asked to interact with the indexing language (Library of Congress Subject Headings) and were asked to express their general under...
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This study is part of a three-year ongoing IMLS-funded project on the research and development of FRBR-based retrieval systems to support user tasks and to facilitate effective information seeking. The major focus of this study is on user research and testing of current FRBR prototype systems. A sample of three such FRBR prototypes are evaluated an...
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In this study, students' use of a new educational Web portal was evaluated with particular emphasis on searching and browsing strategies. The effects and implications of a federated search system are also discussed. Fifty-four students, ranging from 5th to 12th grade, were given five tasks to complete using the SchoolRooms interface. The tasks requ...
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Provides a brief overview of the activities of the IFLA Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Records (FRSAR) working group. Introduces the group’s terms of reference and the work completed so far, including definitions of user tasks and subject entities. Discusses the development of the entity-relationship conceptual model of subject entit...
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The use of functional requirements for bibliographic records (FRBR) for several applications and system development, is discussed. FRBR can be applied in many format-based and domain-specific settings and collections effectively. It offers significant features, including easier searching, focused results, clustering at the work level, understanding...
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presentation of user’s expectations when interacting with library catalogs
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The purpose of this study was to examine the inter-indexer consistency in the assignment of selected access points between OCLC and RLIN (Research Libraries Information Network). Both databases are used by many libraries as bibliographic sources for copy cataloging. Access points were compared for differences in wording, MARC coding, and completene...
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The creation and the maintenance of three (name, title and subject headings) authority files in the Central Library of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, is discussed. The reasons for establishing bilingual (Greek and English) authority files are explained, and the necessary modifications of the AACR2 Rules, which were imperative for the...
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 171-182). "31-75534." Microfiche.

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Knowledge Organization and Information Organization education
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Functionality of metadata and knowledge organization systems