Usability questions..what is your opinion?
LMACCORK at umiami.ir.miami.edu
Sat May 3 09:42:50 EDT 1997
Our library web site has received several
Point 5% awards and a good Excite review,
but I would deeply appreciate constructive
criticism from some of my professional
colleagues on the organization, ease of
navigation, and the language used to
describe options. And general aesthetics.
You will notice that I have used the
term Internet as a major category off
the homepage...Its what another library
might call the 'virtual information
center" or "electronic...". I regard
the entire site as a virtual info
center. I would like some comments.
We will be doing a site usability study
with students and faculty sometime
this summer. I have not seen anything
substantive on usability and library
web sites. I am interested if the
language we use is confortable to
our non-librarian visitors. My
feeling is that users are more
confident information searchers if
they have a sense of place...how
is that done in the "virtual library,"
without using graphical icons and
The size of our initial page and
the look will change sometime
in mid summer to comply with
University guidelines...but it
will not be radical.
Otto G. Richter Library
University of Miami
Coral Gables, Florida lmaccor at umiami.ir.miami.edu
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