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1 Website Usability Without Bogging Down Emily Mitchell Webmaster Librarian June 12, 2014

2 Old homepage:

3 New homepage:

4 Quick? Leo Reynolds. (2006). “Clocks 2 [photos].” Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/lwr/103199569/ CC-BY-NC-SAhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/lwr/103199569/

5 Huge project requiring mad skills? Olga Diez (Caliope). (2007). “Atlas [photograph].” Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/caliope-olga/466468766/ CC-NC-SA http://www.flickr.com/photos/caliope-olga/466468766/

6 What questions do you want to answer? Web analytics: ●What’s actually getting used?

7 What questions do you want to answer? Survey to students: ●What’s the most recent thing you’ve done on the library website? ●What’s something we should NOT change about the library website? [F]oxymoron. (2010). “A Wild Question [photo].” Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/f-oxymoron/5005673112/ CC-BYhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/f-oxymoron/5005673112/

8 How do you get them to answer? kris krüg. (2010). “Speed Skating Lessons in Prince George, BC [Photo].” Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/kk/4324005152 CC-BY-SAhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/kk/4324005152

9 What questions do you want to answer? Survey to and meeting with librarians: ●What are some things students MUST be able to do on our homepage? ●What should we keep? ●What should we get rid of? [F]oxymoron. (2010). “A Wild Question [photo].” Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/f-oxymoron/5005673112/ CC-BYhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/f-oxymoron/5005673112/

10 A survey AND a meeting?? Joe Shlabotnik. (2009). “Yes! [Photo].” Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/joeshlabotnik/3584172834 CC-BY-NC-SAhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/joeshlabotnik/3584172834

11 What questions do you want to answer? Card sorting: ●How will we organize what we’ve decided to put on the page?

12 How do you get them to volunteer? chichacha. (2008). “Coffee in the Morning [photo].” Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/chichacha/2471138966 CC-BYhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/chichacha/2471138966

13 Give yourself time to analyze!

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15 What questions do you want to answer? First-click testing: ●Where would you click if I asked you to do X?

16 What questions do you want to answer? Think-aloud usability testing ●Can students complete these tasks? ●What process do they use to do so? Why? themepap. (2011). “Usability test [photo].” Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/themepap/6053434180/ CC BY-NC. http://www.flickr.com/photos/themepap/6053434180/

17 What questions do you want to answer? Librarian survey & meeting after 1st draft: ●Is anything missing that would impair your work at the desk, hamper your teaching, etc? ●Are there any visual elements that you think distract from the usefulness of the site? [F]oxymoron. (2010). “A Wild Question [photo].” Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/f-oxymoron/5005673112/ CC-BYhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/f-oxymoron/5005673112/

18 And before you start...

19 So what about that important page that no one is using? ●What might be causing the lack of use? Adam Fagen. (2011). “The Scientific Method [photo].” Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/afagen/6730565215 CC-BY-NC-SAhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/afagen/6730565215

20 Questions? Erich Ferdinand. (2009). “What’s for lunch? [photo].” Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/erix/3780828260 CC-BYhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/erix/3780828260


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