- Digitization of cultural heritage
- Digital library development and evaluation
- Information seeking and use
- Visual information
- Data curation
- International librarianship
Current Research Projects
Teaching Research Methods in Master's-level LIS Programs
2019 – Present
Focus: to examine teaching research methods courses in library science professional education and to investigate how Library and Information Science (LIS) Master’s level programs are preparing future library professionals to be consumers of research and practitioner-researchers; collaborative project with Dr. Kawanna Bright.
Community Resilience: Preserving and Promoting the Park County Local History Archives
2019 – Present
Focus: to preserve the archival collections at the Park County Archive and to explore the way digital technology can be integrated to promote the unique heritage of the region and to contribute to building community resilience. Funded by the University of Denver Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning.
Text duplication and similarity in massive digital collections
2018 - Present
Focus: a content-based study of text duplication and similarity in massive digital collections, using data from the HathiTrust Digital Library (HTDL). Funded by the Institute for Museums and Library Services (IMLS); collaborative project with Dr. Peter Organisciak (PI).
Everyday life information seeking practices of immigrants: An exploratory study
2017 - Present
Focus: to explore how recent immigrants living in an urban U.S. setting find usable and credible information resources that enable them to support building a new life, to maintain a cultural identity, and to solve the problems in their daily activities; designed using photovoice, a qualitative visual research method; collaborative project with Dr. Assefa (CO-PI).
Completed Research Projects
Visual literacy in practice: Use of images in academic work of college and university students
2016 - 2018
Focus: to examine college and university students’ visual literacy skills and use of images and other visual information resources in the context of academic work; designed using consensual qualitative research (CQR) approach.
Data curator: Who is s/he? Roles and responsibilities of data curators: An international perspective
2015 - 2017
Focus: to identify roles and responsibilities of the data curators, in both the international and interdisciplinary contexts; mixed-methods design; part of a large research project sponsored by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA).
Exploring the use of large-scale digital libraries for teaching and learning in higher education: The case of the Digital Public Library of America
2015 - 2017
Focus: to examine user understanding of large-scale digital libraries in the context of user interaction and to explore how users navigate digital libraries to find educational resources; qualitative study. Funded by the University of Denver, Faculty Senate Professional Research Opportunities for Faculty (PROF) grant
Multifaceted Evaluation of Digital Libraries (MEDal) in academic settings
Focus: to identify comprehensive digital library evaluation criteria and measures, and to compare perceptions from different stakeholders; designed as two-round Delphi survey; collaborative project with Dr. Iris Xie (PI) and Dr. Soohyung Joo.
Use of digital resources in an academic environment
Focus: to examine college students’ use of digital resources in the context of their academic work; multi-case qualitative study.
Information seeking behavior in digital image collections
Focus: to explore user information seeking behavior in digital image collections; qualitative study.
Xie. I. & Matusiak, K. K. (2016). Discover digital libraries: Theory and practice. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Recent Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Matusiak, K. K., Harper, A., & Heinbach, C. (in press). Use and reuse of visual resources in student papers and presentations. The Electronic Library. https://doi.org/10.1108/EL-09-2018-0185
Tammaro, A. M., Matusiak, K.K., Sposito, F. A., & Casarosa, V. (2019). Data curator’s roles and responsibilities: An international perspective. Libri: The International Journal of Libraries and Information Studies 69(2), 89-104. doi:10.1515/libri-2018-0090
Osinska, V., Matusiak, K. K., Kowalska, M., Bednarek-Michalska, B., & Malak, P. (2019). Distribution of date elements and its relationship to the types of digital libraries: Analysing aggregated metadata of a Polish large-scale distributed system. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science 51 (3), 710–720. https://doi-org.du.idm.oclc.org/10.1177/0961000617742460
Matusiak, K. K., Heinbach, C., Harper, A., & Bovee, M. (2019). Visual literacy in practice: Use of images in students’ academic work. College & Research Libraries, 80 (1). Available at: https://crl.acrl.org/index.php/crl/article/view/16950
Xie, I., Joo, S., & Matusiak, K.K. (2018). Multifaceted evaluation criteria of digital libraries in academic settings: Similarities and differences from different stakeholders. Journal of Academic Librarianship 44, 854-863.
Matusiak, K.K. (2017). User navigation in large-scale distributed digital libraries: The case of the Digital Public Library of America. Journal of Web 12 (3), 157-171. Librarianship. https://digitalcommons.du.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1007&context=lis_facpub
Matusiak, K. K., Taylor, A., Newton, C., & Polepeddi, P. (2017). Finding access and digital preservation solutions for a digitized oral history project: A case study. Digital Library Perspectives 33 (2), 88-99. https://digitalcommons.du.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1008&context=lis_facpub
Matusiak, K. K. (2017). Studying information behavior of image users: An overview of research methodology in LIS literature, 2004-2015. Library and Information Science Research 39 (1), 53–60. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lisr.2017.01.008
Tammaro, A. M., Matusiak, K.K., Sposito, F. A., Pervan, A., & Casarosa, V. (2016). Understanding roles and responsibilities of data curators: An international perspective. Libellarium 9 (2), 39-47. http://dx.doi.org/10.15291/libellarium.v9i2.286
Matusiak, K. K. (2016). Digitization and the changing roles of libraries in support of humanities research: The case of the Harrison Forman Collection. Przegląd Biblioteczny/Library Review, 84 (2), 196-212. https://digitalcommons.du.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1006&context=lis_facpub
Matusiak, K.K., Meng, L., Barczyk, E., & Shih, C.J. (2015). Multilingual metadata for cultural heritage materials: The case of the Tse-Tsung Chow Collection of Chinese scrolls and fan paintings. The Electronic Library, 33(1), 136 - 151. https://digitalcommons.du.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1005&context=lis_facpub
Matusiak, K.K., & Johnston, T. (2014). Digitization for preservation and access: Restoring the usefulness of the nitrate negative collections at the American Geographical Society Library. The American Archivist, 77 (1), 241-269. http://digitalcommons.du.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1000&context=lis_facpub
Matusiak, K. K. (2013). Image and multimedia resources in an academic environment: A qualitative study of students' experiences and literacy practices. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 64 (8), 1577-1589. https://digitalcommons.du.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1004&context=lis_facpub
Matusiak, K. K. (2012). Perceptions of usability and usefulness of digital libraries. The International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, 6 (1-2), 133-147. http://digitalcommons.du.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1001&context=lis_facpub