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  • 1. Miami University Hamilton Krista McDonald Kathleen Pickens-French
  • 2. The structural design of shared informationenvironmentsThe combination oforganization, labeling, search, & navigationsystems within web sites & intranetsThe art & science of shaping informationproducts & experiences to support usability &findability Moreville, Peter and Louis Rosenfeld. Information Architecture for the World Wide Web. Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly, 2007.
  • 3. What is beyond your control? Portal of the Learning Management System Organization of your library’s website Faculty person’s course site design Faculty assignment(s) Student information-seeking behavior
  • 4. Knowing the course assignment What TYPE of resources are required? What citation format? When are assignments due?Establishing a PurposeSelecting ResourcesOrganizing Content
  • 5. Read in “F-Shape” PatternSkim TextDrawn to Actionable ContentLikely to Click Images/ButtonsLack Patience
  • 6. Keywords Sub-Headings Bulleted Lists½ the Words Images/Buttons Anchors
  • 7. 5045 None-I only use the Internet (8.8)40 One (26.5)3530 Two (26.5)2520 Three (29.4)1510 Four (2.9)5 Five or More0 How many library resources will you try before giving up & Googling?
  • 8. Less than 9% of students will even TRY to use more than 3 “library resources” before going back to what is familiar.Only include resources acceptable for the instructor’s assignment.Avoid over-describing each resource. If it’s that complicated, should it be included? Consider alternative formats for learners who DO want more details (printable guide, video tutorial, etc)
  • 9. 100 Course Page90 88.280 Search Engine7060 50.50 Library Website40 79.43020 Book Catalog10 41.2 0 Database Resources Used to Complete Assignment 85.3
  • 10. To Embed or Not to EmbedLibrarian Availability
  • 11. Weekdays Morning (7am- noon) 6% 12% Afternoon (noon-35% 5pm) Evening (5-9 pm) 47% Night (9pm-1am)
  • 12. Weekends Morning Afternoon 6% 6% 26%38% Evening 24% Night Overnight
  • 13. 45 1-2 Minutes40 (44.1)35 3-4 Minutes30 (32.4)25 5-7 Minutes2015 (11.8)10 7-10 Minutes 5 (5.9) 0 Over 10 Min. How many minutes before losing (5.9) your attention?
  • 14. AnchorsHeadingsBulleted ListsHorizontal RulesHyperlinked Images
  • 15. Know your AudienceKnow your PurposeImprove UsabilityDevelop Consistency
  • 16. Miami University Hamilton Krista McDonald Kathleen Pickens-French