Is Our Data Being Put to Good Use? Usability Testing and Open Source Catalogs

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The results from the first phase can be found at http://www.slideshare.net/micheljp/usability-test-results-analysis

Presented at OVGTSL 2009.

Over the past year, the Miami University Libraries developed an open source catalog, Solrpac, using Solr, an open source indexing tool and Drupal, an open source content management system. While Solrpac allowed for greater OPAC functionality, like facets and tagging, would library users be able to successfully use Solrpac for even a known item search? Would Solrpac grant users greater access to library data or would users run into the same barriers as they do in traditional OPACs? This presentation will cover the two-part usability test conducted by the libraries during November/December 2008 and will be completed in Fall 2009. The results will show if Solrpac is successful in connecting information to library users in addition to trends in user searching and user expectations of what a library catalog should be. The final part of this presentation will explore the implications of enhanced catalogs (both Open Source and Proprietary) on data creation and management in technical services.

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    1. 1. Is Our Data Being Put to Good Use?  Usability Testing and Open Source Catalogs Becky Yoose Jason Paul Michel Kwabena Sekyere Miami University of Ohio
    2. 2. Bibliographic Data via III + Solrpac
    3. 4. Usability Testing Methodology <ul><li>Yale University VUFind Report </li></ul><ul><li>Key tasks and concepts of new catalog </li></ul><ul><li>6 tasks, 14 questions ranging from simple to difficult </li></ul><ul><li>User groups: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Undergraduate Students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduate Students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty </li></ul></ul>
    4. 5. Usability Testing Analysis Successful completion of task and average length of tasks Methods utilized Comments
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    8. 9. <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>“ Perhaps changing serials to journals or a more modern term” </li></ul>
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    10. 12. Questions? – Thank you Becky Yoose - [email_address] Jason Paul Michel - [email_address] Kwabena Sekyere - [email_address]

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