• Research Interests
    • 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.

  • Publications

  • Books

    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. (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. Librarianshiphttps://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 - 151https://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 

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