Usability Task Force Usability Reports

Mirlyn Search Satisfaction Survey

February, 2011
Mirlyn (VuFind)

The primary purpose of this survey was to gather information about how satisfied patrons are with search results in Mirlyn and whether satisfaction levels vary significantly between categories of users (i.e. undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, etc.).

Authorship: 
Usability Task Force
UX Method: 
Survey
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MirlynSearchSurvey_Feb2011.pdf598.97 KB
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Last modified: 03/24/2013

Mirlyn “Available Online” Label Guerilla Test

February, 2011
Mirlyn (VuFind)

The goal of this guerilla test was to determine which of four labels (three alternate labels, in addition to the current “available online” label) denoting online availability is preferred by patrons, taking time to ensure that patrons understand the range of situations currently represented by the "available online" label.

Authorship: 
Usability Task Force
UX Method: 
Guerrilla Test
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MirlynGuerillaTest_Feb2011.pdf520.52 KB
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Last modified: 03/24/2013

Services/Departments/Libraries Organization - Card Sorting

May, 2010
Library Gateway

The goal for these tests was to determine how users categorized a sample of pages currently grouped under Services, Departments and Libraries on the Library Gateway to see if there might be better ways to group and label these items.

Authorship: 
Usability Task Force
UX Method: 
Card Sort
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Last modified: 03/24/2013

Quick Links Section - Informal "Guerilla" Test

December, 2009
Library Gateway

 The gateway includes a group of links on the bottom (footer) of each page called “Quick Links.” These links are meant to provide convenient access to some of the most frequently used and/or most requested links related to both library and university business.

Authorship: 
Usability Task Force
UX Method: 
Guerrilla Test
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QuickLinks.pdf200.05 KB
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Last modified: 03/24/2013

Search/Browse - Informal "Guerilla" Test

December, 2009
Library Gateway

 The gateway provides options for users to search or browse the content of the site. The results pages for these features sort resources into different sections by type. The goal for this test was to determine the order of the headings on the search results page and the browse results page.

Authorship: 
Usability Task Force
UX Method: 
Guerrilla Test
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Search_Browse.pdf351.96 KB
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Last modified: 03/24/2013

Instruction Request Form - User Test

June, 2009
Library Gateway

 The Instruction Menu allows faculty and Graduate Student Instructors to request library instruction sessions and to tailor those sessions to their particular needs. The goals for this test were to determine whether the form provides users the information they need/want and if the design is navigable and the terminology is clear.

Authorship: 
Usability Task Force
UX Method: 
Usability Testing
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InstructReqForm.pdf941.29 KB
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Last modified: 03/24/2013

VuFind Modified Card Sorting Labels Test

December, 2008
Mirlyn (VuFind)

 The goals for this test were to solicit suggestions from users for labeling facet categories, determine how users perceive the relative importance of facets, and determine how many narrowing terms users would like to see within each facet.

Authorship: 
Usability Task Force
UX Method: 
Card Sort
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VuFind_Card_Sort.pdf629.28 KB
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Last modified: 03/24/2013

VuFind Login Guerilla Test

November, 2008
Mirlyn (VuFind)

 The goal for this test was to determine how users perceive login when using the catalog, and at which access points it is best to force a login decision.

Authorship: 
Usability Task Force
UX Method: 
Guerrilla Test
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Login_guerilla_final.pdf2.92 MB
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Login_prelim_findings.pdf1.37 MB
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Last modified: 03/24/2013

VuFind Look-n-Feel Guerilla Test

November, 2008
Mirlyn (VuFind)

 The goal for this test was to evaluate how users perceive the catalog when it is and is not embedded into a page with navigation tool bars located at the top of the library's homepage.

Authorship: 
Usability Task Force
UX Method: 
Guerrilla Test
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Look_and_feel_guerilla_final.pdf1.3 MB
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Last modified: 03/24/2013