Overview

Six participants, three undergraduate students and three graduate students at NCSU, participated in a round of usability testing for the library catalog during late January and early February of 2008.

The participants' previous experience with the catalog varied. Three were regular users (two graduate students and one of the undergraduates) while the others were infrequent users or had used the catalog less than two times. The graduate students included one Ph.D. candidate and two Master's level students. The undergraduate participants included a sophomore, a junior, and a senior.

The goal was to test a catalog interface that includes recommended design changes from the NCSU Libraries Endeca Product Team. The test specifically looked at facet use, "Expand Your Search" (a.k.a. "Search TRLN"), the RSS button, Current Availability, and the Current Search box.

Team and Partners

  • Angie Ballard, facilitator
  • Tito Sierra, facilitator
  • Sandra Littletree, findings report

Technical Details

Recordings were made in the NCSU Libraries Usability Research Lab using Morae usability testing software.

Results

 

Project Links

  • Script (.pdf file) - The test script with instructions and explanations for participants.

Reports and Presentations

Videos

Note that all users in the recordings signed a release form that included the following language:

Recordings made during this study will be used for research and development. Therefore, I understand that my work during the test will be recorded and viewed by the staff of the NCSU Libraries. I further understand that the NCSU Libraries may wish to use segments of these recordings to illustrate presentations offered to professional audiences. I give my consent to the NCSU Libraries to use my recorded image and voice for these purposes, with the provision that my last name will not be associated with the recordings and that these recordings will not be released to any broadcast or publication media.

Last updated: October 2009