Suzanne Chapman | 30 Jan 18:09 2007

Announcement: New Usability in the Library website

With apologies for cross-posting

Comments are welcome.

New Usability Working Group Website

The Usability Working Group of the University of Michigan University  
Library is pleased to announce the launch of its new website,  
Usability in the Library (  The  
website is designed to provide open access to our reports and working  
documents in order to share our findings within the UM libraries as  
well as the community-at-large.

The new website features:

+ Reports on usability studies conducted from June 2005 - present. A  
select group of reports is available now, with more to be added as  
they are completed.

+ Bibliography of resources for general, library, and digital library  
related usability issues, including articles, books, and usability  

Active since 2005, the Usability Working Group guides and implements  
usability testing of the Library's web resources and services. This  
includes the Library's locally generated web pages and DLPS (Digital  
Library Production Service) resources, as well as customizable vendor  
supported resources, such as MetaLib (SearchTools), Aleph (Mirlyn)  
and SFX. This group works with PARC and ERSC to set priorities for  
usability testing of shared Library websites and services, with a  
focus on testing interfaces and concepts that are broadly implemented  
across the Library's web environment.

We hope that sharing our findings will benefit and inform others in  
their research.

Suzanne Chapman
Interface & User Testing Specialist
Digital Library Production Service
University of Michigan
301 Hatcher North
734.615.7617 | suzchap@...

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