Title page for ETD etd-12222008-142304

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Gaat, Tilottama
URN etd-12222008-142304
Title The LibX Edition Builder
Degree Master of Science
Department Computer Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Back, Godmar V. Committee Chair
Fox, Edward Alan Committee Member
Tilevich, Eli Committee Member
  • LibX
  • Code generation
  • Log-based usability evaluation
  • AJAX
Date of Defense 2008-07-23
Availability unrestricted
LibX is a browser plugin that allows users to access library resources directly

from their browser. Many libraries that wished

to adopt LibX needed to customize a version of LibX for their own institution.

Most librarians did not possess the necessary knowledge of XML,

running scripts and the underlying implementation of LibX required to create

customized, functional LibX versions for their own institutions. Therefore, we

have developed a web-based tool called the \emph{LibX Edition Builder} that empowers librarians to create their own customized LibX version (editions), effortlessly.

The Edition Builder provides rich interactivity to its users by exploiting the ZK AJAX framework whose components we adapted. The

Edition Builder provides automatic detection of relevant library

resources based on several heuristics which we have developed, which

reduces the time and effort required to configure these resources.

We have used sound software engineering techniques such as

agile development principles, code generation techniques, and the

model-view-controller design paradigm to maximize maintainability of the Edition

Builder, which enables us to easily incorporate changing functional requirements

in the Edition Builder.

The LibX Edition Builder is currently used by over 800 registered users who

have created over 400 editions. We have carried out a custom log-based

usability evaluation that examined the interactions of our users over

a 5 month period. This evaluation has shown that the Edition Builder

can dramatically reduce the time needed to customize LibX editions and

is being increasingly adopted by the library community.

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