Abstract. Facets can provide an interesting functionality in digital libraries. However, while some research shows facets are important, other research found facets are only moderately used. Therefore, in this exploratory study we compare two search interfaces; one where the facets panel is always visible and one where the facets panel is hidden by default. Our main research question is “Is folding the facets panel in a digital library search interface beneficial to academic users?” By performing an eye tracking study with N=24, we measured search efficiency, distribution of attention and user satisfaction. We found no significant differences in the eye tracking data nor in usability feedback and conclude that collapsing facets is neither beneficial nor detrimental.

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Keywords digital library, eye tracking, facets, information retrieval, search user interface, usability, user behaviour, user studies
Publisher Springer
ISBN 978-3-642-40500-6
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-40501-3_47, hdl.handle.net/1765/41208
Journal Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Note International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, TPDL 2013, Valletta, Malta, September 22-26, 2013. Proceedings (= Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 8092, 2013). Includes Author Manuscript
Grant This work was funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme; grant id fp7/269980 - AXES - Access to Audiovisual Archives (AXES)
Citation
Kemman, M.J, Kleppe, M, & Maarseveen, J. (2013). Eye Tracking the Use of a Collapsible Facets Panel in a Search Interface. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (Vol. 8092, pp. 405–408). Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-40501-3_47