This morning we returned to our monthly schedule of usability tests with three students in the Mary Idema Pew Library. We focused on a few “benchmark” questions aimed at general article searching (find a peer-reviewed article, find sources on a general topic) and a few questions aimed at the redesigned request function in the catalog. The questions were:
The first two questions were setting the stage for beginning to test the Summon 2.0 interface next month. (We’ll have some more workshops/meetings about that soon.) One thing we decided to address based on our findings from that question was the label for the Scholarly/Peer Review button. First, there is an inconsistency between the label in Advanced Search and the label on the main results screen. In addition, most folks are looking for the word “Peer Review” and it seems to get lost after the “Scholarly” part of the label. I’m going to try to invert the order and make the label read “Peer Reviewed and other Scholarly sources.” Still long, but hopefully leading with “Peer Review” will snag more folks:
The second questions tested the new request button functionality we launched in late December. No one had any issues requesting either ASRS or stacks books once they made it to a results page. However, we saw a few things that we need to do now, and a few we want to explore. First, changes that I will make over the next few weeks:
Things we want to explore or test, and would love your feedback on:
Running a usability test on our website every month is a lot of work, but it has helped us really hammer away at some of the big issues facing our patrons. Thanks for participating, and I look forward to seeing everyone next month!