Cabaniss Usability Study

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  • IRB approval for the Cabaniss usability study was obtained in May 2010.
  • Advertising began on August 6 and ran through August 30, 2010. Ads were placed on the University Libraries main web page, as well as on the student information portal called MyBama and on the Digital Collections web page. In addition, information was emailed to the History, American Studies, and Political Science Departments. These departments forwarded the information to their graduate students and faculty members. Fliers were also displayed in the reading room, and those work work at the reference desk were told about the study and were asked to encourage patrons to take a flier.
  • Response to the advertising was fairly positive. We received more volunteers than we needed, but all volunteers were contacted and invited to come and participate in the study, in hopes that enough volunteers would participate to reach our goal of 20 participants. We recruited nearly 30 volunteers before taking down the ads, but due to no-shows, recruited a second time. We finally tested 21 participants, though one set of results was disqualified from analysis due to unwillingness to complete the test.
  • Usability testing was completed in September and analysis is currently in progress. We hope to have the results available early in 2011.


Usability Study Informed Consent:

http://www.lib.ua.edu/wiki/digcoll/images/1/1c/Informed_Consent_Cabaniss.docx


Usability Study Questions:

http://www.lib.ua.edu/wiki/digcoll/images/e/e4/Usability_Test_Questions.docx


Usability Study Flier and FAQs:

http://www.lib.ua.edu/wiki/digcoll/index.php/Image:Usability_Flyer_w_FAQs.pdf


Updated September 7, 2010.

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