web usability

OLA Super Conference 2017 (#OLASC)

The OLA Super Conference 2017 was held from Feb 1-4. It was a great experience and I gained a lot of practical knowledge.

The first session I attended was When Things Get Personal: Privacy vs Access in Online Community History, hosted by Irene Robillard, Cindy Preece, David Bott and Melissa Redden. They spoke about their digitization projects and the issue of balancing access to information while also enacting policies to protect the privacy of individuals appearing in their content.

Here are links to the collections/resources mentioned:

Next, I attended Are you User Experienced? A Beginner’s Guide to UX Testing, hosted by Micheal Laverty. Attendees were told about the process and strategies to design good UX in their physical library and on their sites.

Resources and terms to highlight are:

Lastly, I attended the The User Experience Design Sprint, hosted by Aurelia Engstrom and Graham Lavender. They spoke about the steps needed to run a successful UX project: setting a project plan, a discovery phase/competitive analysis, research, engaging users and stakeholder engagement.

Mentioned methods for UX testing involved:

Below are miscellaneous photos and my book haul.

Creating a Homepage for an Academic Library

I took Academic Libraries (LIS9630) this term and I wanted to share a project I completed with Victoria Wong. We created a homepage for a fictional academic library.

Since the beginning of term, the students in this class pretended to be librarians at a fictional institution (known by the acronym of FAIHR-L). For this project, we divided our classmates into three committees that addressed the needs of an academic library’s web presence. Each committee produced a report. Wong and I read them to assist us with deciding on what was to be added on the homepage and how things would be formatted. We also observed real academic library websites and applied usability best practices.

We limited our scope to only a homepage to make the project manageable, but we created a supplemental page.

Please see below to view the mockups. The mockups were created by Wong, in Balsamiq.

To read the rationale behind our decisions, click here.

Please note: We cited the reports our colleagues produced. For privacy reasons, their names were removed.

Beta Testing of Statistics Canada’s Website

Statistics Canada is taking an interesting turn in letting users beta test their website. It’s a good initiative to get usability feedback.

Government Library & IM Professionals Network

Source: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141112/dq141112d-eng.htm

The Daily — Beta testing of Statistics Canada’s website, November 12 to December 12, 2014

Today, Statistics Canada begins testing of a new way to organize its statistical output. The goal is to make sure that Statistics Canada products are user friendly and easy to find on the agency’s website.

As part of a multi-year project to develop a new dissemination model, the agency is inviting users to visit its beta site and provide feedback. The information obtained will be used to develop a more dynamic online presence that is easier to navigate and makes information more readily accessible to a wide range of data users.

Users are invited to rate pages, provide comments and join in the discussion forum. The dialogue between the agency and its users will continue through to December 12. Launch of Statistics Canada’s new website is slated for fall 2015.

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