Posts on July 2010

Putting a Librarian's Face on Search

When you do a search on the University of Michigan Library's web site, you get not only results from the catalog, web site, online journal and database collections, and more, you also get a librarian who is a subject specialist related to your search term. While the matching is not perfect, it provides a human face on search results.

Library Gateway Usability Testing

The Usability Group & its Usability Task Force conducted a series of evaluations of the Library Gateway during the Fall 2009 and Winter 2010 semesters. We used a number of different methods, some new to us, to conduct our evaluations, including Participatory Design, Card Sorting and Guerrilla Tests.

Sports Games & Physical Activity

A study involving the connection between physical activity and sports-related video games has been completed by the International Sports Marketing department at the Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales, who came to the conclusion that there is a correlation between the level of physical activity and sports games due to the fact that sports games tend to inspire people under the age of 21 to pursue the same sports in real life.

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