TUEx – User Experience Tuesdays at Western Libraries

TUEx – User Experience Tuesdays
By: 
Rebecca Marrall and Kim Marsicek
Technology & Discovery Services

Have you ever had a frustrating time navigating a website? Maybe the site didn’t make sense and you couldn’t find what you needed? Western Libraries is actively trying to avoid those problems by improving our website users’ experiences through usability and design testing. And you can help us!

On Tuesdays between noon and 2:00 p.m., we are inviting volunteers to run through some short exercises designed to inform the Libraries on the learnability, effectiveness, and efficiency of various online resources. We need input from students, staff, and faculty, and if you can give us 5 to 10 minutes of your time, you can help us improve your (and everyone’s!) library experience. Think of it as fine-tuning. Our table will be near the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio on the second floor of Haggard Hall, next to the “TUEx User Experience Tuesdays” sign.  

On Tuesdays between noon and 2:00 p.m., we are inviting volunteers to run through some short exercises designed to inform the Libraries on the learnability, effectiveness, and efficiency of various online resources

Why is it important that Western Libraries perform usability testing?

We care about our users. Building a usable site enhances your experience and enables you to engage more productively with the full functionality of a site, which means you can find more of what you are looking for faster, and become more adept at deep-diving into the OneSearch environment.

We strive to be inclusive. Observing basic usability principles makes websites more accessible to everyone who needs to use them, including people who may have mobility or sensory disabilities. Western Libraries strives to provide barrier-free access to all of our patrons. And that’s good news for everyone.

Currently, we are testing a new library catalog interface, which will debut this summer. Other upcoming exercises may include testing various features of MABEL, the new campus digital asset management system that is currently under development, and Western CEDAR, our institutional repository.

Your participation will give us valuable information that will positively affect our design choices. You can help us create page elements, navigation and search options, and terminology that is clear, easy to understand, and usable.

If you are interested in learning more about usability at Western Libraries please visit our website.

Published on: 05/08/2018 - 1:55pm

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