- Digitization of cultural heritage
- Digital library development and evaluation
- Information seeking and use
- Visual information
- Data curation
- International librarianship
Current Research Projects
Visual literacy in practice: Use of images in academic work of college and university students
2016 - Present
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 - Present
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).
Completed Research Projects
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., Heinbach, C., Harper, A., & Bovee, M. (in press; online publication April 2018). Visual literacy in practice: Use of images in students’ academic work. College & Research Libraries. Pre-print available at: https://crl.acrl.org/index.php/crl/article/view/16950
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