عنوان مقاله [English]
Purpose: The aim of present study was the comparative evaluation of content and support quality of Iranian academic libraries websites’ and provide recommendations to improve them.
Methodology: This study is an applied research and methodology was comparative survey. Data gathering tools were three checklists extracted from relevant studies which compare with 5 foreign library websites, and their validity were confirmed by experts and conducted research. The study population was library websites of Iranian Medical Science (43) and Non-Medical Science (28) universities.
Findings: Findings showed library websites of Non-medical Science universities include an average 39.74% of the internal content items, 32.98% of external content items and 40.01% of the support items have observed in designing web pages. Also, library websites of Medical Science universities include an average 34.04% of the internal content items, 52/52% of external content items and 39/88% of the support items have observed in designing web pages. Totally, based on studied criteria, library websites of Universities of Ferdouwsi (61), Shahed (55), and Tehran University (54) in Non-medical universities, and Universities of Shahed (55), Mashhad (47) and Shahid Beheshti (45) in Medical universities received the best ranks, respectively, in terms of library website design.
Originality/value: This article presents the status of Iranian medical and non-medical academic library websites and provides strategies for increasing the quality and efficiency of web content and supporting services of them.