Background Reading for the UEG
Good web sites
- LibSite, “a recommendation service for library-related websites.” People rank and comment on library web sites.
- 5 Library Website Designs Worth Talking About (Ubiquitous Librarian blog post)
- A few more thoughts on library websites (also Ubiquitous Librarian)
- NYPL: The Perpetual Redesign Machine
- Thinking in the Right Terms: 7 Components for a Successful Web Site Redesign, by Jared Spool
- Paper Prototyping from NYPL Labs, with pictures
- A report on the development of a usability analysis tool for the evaluation of library websites, Rosalyn Reward. “The library profession is now heavily involved in providing access to information through library websites and it is a challenge to design a website that has reliable content and a user interface that is intuitive to those who use it. As accessibility and usability are major issues in the design of library websites, they should be tested early and often during the design and redesign process. The researcher has drawn on the Human-computer Interaction and usability engineering literature to establish standard usability guidelines for web design and has developed a usability analysis tool to test library websites during the design and redesign process. This paper presents the results of an evaluation of a representative sample of Australian academic library websites, using the usability analysis tool, to establish the extent to which they meet standard usability design guidelines.”
- From Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, Seattle, Washington, August 4–7, 2008:
- Outsourcing Functional Web Usability: A Practical Approach to Effective Web Enhancements Improving User Experience, Mark Paul (University of Louisville)
- If They Build It, Will They Come?: A Qualitative Study Using Participatory Design Feedback for Inclusion in a New Library Home Page, Joan Stein (Carnegie Mellon University), Nathan Browne (University of Pittsburgh)
- Measuring the Effectiveness of Facets in the Next Generation OPAC, Kathleen Bauer (Yale University)
Usability test results at other libraries:
- West Texas A&M (nothing past 2004)
- Peter Morville is collecting search screens and has made a Flickr collection about search patterns. Useful for thinking about how our searches can look.