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.