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User-Driven Service Development: The GroupFinder Project -- Ryan/Boyer


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User-Driven Service Development: The GroupFinder Project

Joseph Ryan, Digital Projects Librarian, North Carolina State University Libraries; Josh Boyer, Associate Head, Distance Learning & Research and Information Services, North Carolina State University Libraries

This session described the development of GroupFinder, a first-of-its-kind system designed to help students coordinate group study at the library. Beginning its life as a Facebook application and ending up as a system available on library kiosks, touchscreens, the Web, and mobile devices, GroupFinder has changed substantially during development because of the project’s focus on end user needs. Flexibility and the willingness to abandon preconceived notions about student group study have been key to the success of GroupFinder, and the team described how user research can be used to create new services to benefit library patrons.

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  • November 2007 wireframe: library curated location list. Newest activities first. “Join me” functionality. Facebook features, like Add to Friends and profile pictures.
  • October 2008: Prototype Facebook app. Shows activity by everyone and by your friends separately.
  • July 2009: Redesign after focus group with students says Facebook is a no-go venue for productivity applications. Twitter style display, including post limit for future Twitter integration. Yellow activity is live preview of how post will be displayed. Note Hours information and Study Rooms info.
  • September 2009: Beta version. Cork board design tried to create a familiar metaphor, recalls classic method of meeting up at many academic libraries. Live preview on pinkish post it. Although we loved it, testers did not like difficulty of scanning display when there were many posts. Hard to find a given location or activity description.
  • October 2009: redesign, inspired by a whiteboard. Users liked good scannability of posts. Did not like “sketchy” style and were confused by background graphic. Still anonymous posting! Added authentication right after live in-situ user testing.
  • As it appears today. Authenticated posts. Built into library web template.
  • Launched Oct 26, 2009.
  • Launched Oct 26, 2009.
  • Students did not understand that GroupFinder was different from the room reservation system in many cases. Did not understand that you could create GroupFinder posts when you were meeting somewhere else other than in a reservable room.
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    • 1. GroupFinder A case study on building patron-centric technology services Joseph Ryan & Josh Boyer NCSU Libraries March 10, 2011
    • 2. Some introductions
    • 3. Outline
      • What is GroupFinder today?
      • How did we get here?
      • Have we been successful?
      • What did we learn?
    • 4. 1. GroupFinder Today
      • What GroupFinder does
      • What GroupFinder looks like
    • 5. Who. What. Where. When.
    • 6.  
    • 7.  
    • 8. Posting to GroupFinder
    • 9.  
    • 10.  
    • 11.  
    • 12.  
    • 13.  
    • 14. Viewing GroupFinder Posts
    • 15.  
    • 16.  
    • 17.  
    • 18. 2. Development History
      • Motivation: What do students seek in the library?
      • Books, journals & other content
      • Computers & other technology
      • Services
      • Rooms
      • & they look for other students
    • 19. 2. Development History
      • Design
      • Test
      • Rinse & Repeat
    • 20.  
    • 21.  
    • 22.  
    • 23.  
    • 24.  
    • 25.  
    • 26. 3. Assessment
      • Usage
      • Survey results
      • What about offensive posts?
    • 27. Typical Uses
      • FLS 102 Exam Review
      • Bio 116 Lab Presentation
      • ISE 501 Group 1 Case Study
      • Spanish Conversational Group
    • 28. … and not so typical uses
      • Team Endospore
      • CSC302 Numerical Methods is really frustrating :(
      • Just to pass with a C-
    • 29. Usage Statistics
      • Lifespan of GroupFinder (Nov 2009 – present):
        • 1367 users
        • 4089 total posts
      • A recent, busy month (Nov 2010):
        • 245 users
        • 415 total posts
        • 14 per day
    • 30. Uses by User Nov 2009 - present 2.99 posts/user
    • 31. Display by Time of Day Nov 2009 - present
    • 32. Views by Source Nov 2009 - present
    • 33. Survey Findings
    • 34. Metadata
      • Survey sent late in Fall 2010 semester to every person who had posted to GroupFinder during the semester (n=591)
      • 13% response rate
    • 35. Does GroupFinder help you meet up at the library?
      • 46% “very useful”
      • 46% “somewhat useful”
      • 9% “not very useful”
    • 36. Do you have to wait around for your group members less?
      • 73% -- Yes
    • 37. What can we do better?
      • Let users schedule their own start times on main web form.
      • Text message reminders.
      • Awareness of all features.
      • And of course: more group study rooms, better food, more seats, more power, etc.
    • 38. And…
      • GroupFinder vs Room Reservation system: one and the same?
    • 39. 4. Lessons Learned
      • Iterative, user-centered design process
      • Exploring a problem space vs. solving a well understood problem
      • Explore gaps between functions of library departments
    • 40. Thanks!
      • On the web:
      • More info:
      • Josh Boyer ( [email_address] )
      • Joseph Ryan ( [email_address] )
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