From: Tim McGeary <tmm8@Lehigh.EDU> - 2008-05-28 19:11:54
I thought everyone would want to be aware of this. I got Katie's
permission to re-send this to VUFind-General and she said that they are
happy to collaborate this summer on other usability studies.
> Of possible interest to those who may be contemplating doing
> usability testing on their OPAC, Yale recently conducted two tests on
> pilot VuFind installations at Yale. One study looked at a subject
> based presentation of ebooks for the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
> and the other looked at a pilot test of Vufind with a sample of
> 400,000 records drawn from the Library's Voyager system
> Test questions were drawn from user search logs in the current
> library system, and some were designed to test for those problems
> that the logs have demonstrated exist for patrons, such as incorrect
> spellings, and incomplete title information. In reading the reports
> please be aware that some of the problems uncovered may have had a
> lot to do with peculiarities of the Yale implementation, such as the
> sample of records imported into VuFind for this test, and less to do
> with VuFind itself.
> In general participants were intrigued by the possiblities offered by
> facets, although the topic facets in particular did not always seem
> to function as they expected or desired. The most desired feature
> participants wanted to see developed was an easy direct export from
> the catalog to a bibliographic citation management tool such as
> RefWorks and Endnote (while other catalogs may have this feature
> already, the current Voyager system at Yale does not a direct export
> Katie Bauer
> Katheen Bauer Director of Usability and Assessment Yale University
> Library 130 Wall Street P.O. Box 208240 New Haven, CT 06520-8240
> 203-248-3359 kathleen.bauer@...
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