Usability in the Library: Deep Blue Reports

About the Project

Project Overview: Tests conducted from September 2005 - February 2006

Methodologies: Expert Evaluations, Formal User Testing

Deep Blue ( is the University of Michigan's service for representing UM's rich intellectual environment. The primary goal of Deep Blue is to provide access to the work that makes Michigan a leader in research, teaching, and creativity. It represents UM's scholars-- from faculty through students-- as individuals and as members of communities, and provides a framework for preserving and finding the best scholarly and artistic work done at the University. Deep Blue runs using DSpace technology.

The goal for this set of tests was to collect user data on the functionality and usability of Deep Blue, specifically the terminology, searching and browsing options, and navigation for both the end-users and depositors of institutional repository documents.

Expert Evaluations (Dec 2006)

Link to pdf

Several Library colleagues reviewed the Deep Blue environment within their context as reference librarians.

Formal User Test (Jun 2006)

Link to pdf as it resides in DeepBlue | Link to cover sheet

Undergraduate and graduate students worked through discovery tasks intended to test the search and retrieval of items, while faculty tested the deposit interface. (The following report also contains results from a School of Information Usability class project.)

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