Location

Room 218/220

Type of Presentation

Individual paper/presentation (20 minute presentation)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

Librarians are often working to find a balance between instruction that teaches the conceptual information about research skills and the practical information on how to use the myriad library interfaces presented to students during the research process. The first interface a user encounters is often the library’s website, but users also navigate catalogs, databases, federated searches, research guides, third party vendor websites, and more as they track down information.

This session will discuss the application of user experience design and usability testing to library controlled interfaces. The presenter will share the outcomes of a user centered design process for a large university library website, and how those techniques have been applied to other library resources in order to facilitate ease of use for students. The presenter will also identify strategies for discussing interface design during a library instruction session to better prepare students for navigating these tools without the assistance of a librarian.

Attendees will leave this session with strategies to merge the conceptual and practical aspects of traditional information literacy instruction.

Presentation Description

Librarians work to find a balance between teaching conceptual research skills and practical information on how to use the myriad library interfaces presented during the research process. This session will discuss the application of user experience design and usability testing to designing library interfaces and teaching students to navigate them.

Keywords

User research, Usability, User Experience, Interface design, Library instruction, Information literacy

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Sep 30th, 2:45 PM Sep 30th, 4:00 PM

Information Literacy and the Interface

Room 218/220

Librarians are often working to find a balance between instruction that teaches the conceptual information about research skills and the practical information on how to use the myriad library interfaces presented to students during the research process. The first interface a user encounters is often the library’s website, but users also navigate catalogs, databases, federated searches, research guides, third party vendor websites, and more as they track down information.

This session will discuss the application of user experience design and usability testing to library controlled interfaces. The presenter will share the outcomes of a user centered design process for a large university library website, and how those techniques have been applied to other library resources in order to facilitate ease of use for students. The presenter will also identify strategies for discussing interface design during a library instruction session to better prepare students for navigating these tools without the assistance of a librarian.

Attendees will leave this session with strategies to merge the conceptual and practical aspects of traditional information literacy instruction.