The LIS web team is at it again! In a effort to improve the user experience on the LIS website we are conducting usability testing. For a few weeks you’ll find obtrusive mint green boxes in the corners of the Library, Helpdesk, and LIS pages. These are very short usability surveys. Simply click on “Give Feedback” and then answer each question by clicking the location you’d go to find various pieces of information on each page. Each survey contains only a handful of questions so please participate when you have a moment.
Presenting part 2 of 2 blog posts describing usability testing methods of the LIS Website team (as promised in the Usabilla post).
The Team presented the results of our findings at a meeting with Area Directors and since the presentation itself does a good job of providing an overview of the other tools we used, here it is: Web Team Recommendations. We will be passing the torch to a new iteration of the LIS Website team soon. They will be charged with following up on the status of these recommendations (among other tasks). In addition, we’ll be sharing these recommendations directly with the people in charge of the specific areas of the site.
The presentation is a collection of highlights from our testing data (not an exhaustive list of all the results). There are links to additional information and fuller descriptions of the issues and recommendations, within the presentation itself, but they can be seen here as well.
Other tools and data sources:
- Google Analytics
- Direct feedback through website forms, conversations, blog comments, etc.
- Surveys for LIS staff and LIS student employees
- Usabilla screenshot/click tests
- Observational data (using Silverback)
(The observational testing data was collected with the help of 18 student, faculty and staff testers and the Silverback testing tool, which created videos that we analyzed to get our results. Just a note of explanation about Silverback: to get this information we recorded our testers performing task-based scenarios and we drew direct conclusions about specific tasks and generalized conclusions based on overall interaction with the website. We owe an extra special thank you! to all of the testers who generously volunteered their time, braved the webcam, and who, across the board, gave us wonderful insights and feedback to help improve our site!)
We continue to invite additional feedback on all parts of the LIS Website and the College site as a whole. Even though the current installment of the LIS Website team is wrapping up its work, there are many people involved with continued improvement and refinement of the website, and we’ll do our best to make sure feedback is directed to the right people.