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Congratulations to MA 2016 Meredith Hale on the publication of her recent research in Art Documentation, the official journal of ARLIS-NA. Abstract and publication information below:

Art Documentation vol. 35, no. 2 (Fall 2016)

In Search of Art: A Log Analysis of the Ackland Art Museum’s Collection Search System
Meredith L. Hale

Abstract—Search log data from the Ackland Art Museum’s online collection system was analyzed to determine the search categories most frequently employed by its users. Analysis of the Ackland’s advanced search feature suggest that the department, classification, and artist fields have the highest usage (18.81 percent, 17.51 percent, and 16.47 percent, respectively) while searchers rarely submit specific medium-related queries (2.55 percent). The most common queries described representational subjects in an artwork. In addition, the data showed that external links to the museum’s collections are significant access points. These findings provide insights into how users seek art information and suggest possibilities for improving access to the Ackland’s collections.

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