doi: 10.6017/ital.v32i1.2311

Modeling a Library Web Site Redesign Process: Developing a User-Centered Web Site Through Usability Testing

Danielle A. Becker, Lauren Yannotta

Abstract


This article presents a model for creating a strong, user-centered web presence by pairing usability testing and the design process. Four rounds of usability testing were conducted throughout the process of building a new academic library web site. Participants were asked to perform tasks using a talk-aloud protocol. Tasks were based on guiding principles of web usability that served as a framework for the new site. Results from this study show that testing throughout the design process is an effective way to build a web site that not only reflects user needs and preferences, but can be easily changed as new resources and technologies emerge.

 


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