ARL/OLMS Webcast: Usability: Designing for User Success

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Usability: Designing for User Success
ARL/OLMS Webcast
Thursday, October 28, 2004
3-4:30 p.m. eastern time (12 noon-1:30 p.m. Pacific)
$150 per connection license (allows for individual or group viewing)

About the Webcast
As libraries and organizations strive to improve their websites to 
better serve their users, they are finding usability testing to be a 
valuable part of the redesign process. By focusing on a user-centered 
design, web developers can learn what works, what doesn't, and what 
their users want. While the results are sometimes surprising, usability 
testing is a key ingredient in designing a web site that meets the needs 
of its users.

In this live, interactive web presentation you will learn more about 
usability and its role in library interfaces and improved library 
service. By providing you with direct access to hands-on experts, this 
webcast gives library staff, campus faculty, and administrators an 
opportunity to explore this topic in a shared learning environment.

Duane Webster, ARL Executive Director, will begin this session with an 
introduction to the webcast. He will be followed by three panelists who 
will share their own experiences and the impact their work has had 
locally in order to highlight the broader issues of: the benefit of 
usability testing; how to get started and when to stop; how to select an 
approach; and how to build a culture of usability to support your work. 
During the Q&A at the end of the program you will be able to ask 
questions about the presentation or get advice from the experts on your 
own usability initiatives.

* Merrilee Proffitt, RLG Program Officer
* Brenda Reeb, Director, Management Library, University of Rochester
* Jerilyn Veldof, Director of Undergraduate Initiatives, University of 
Minnesota Libraries

Target Audience
* College and University Faculty and Administrators
* Librarians who want to stay current with developments in website 
usability, particularly those who work with website design, maintenance, 
development, or distance learning.

For more information, including Registration, Useful Resources, 
Technology Requirements, and Frequently Asked Questions, please visit 
the Usability webcast home at or contact Karen Wetzel, 
ARL/OLMS Program Officer for Distance Learning, at karen at or by 
phone at 202-296-8656.

Karen A. Wetzel
Program Officer for Distance Learning
Association of Research Libraries
21 Dupont Circle, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036
Tel.: 202-296-8656
Fax: 202-872-0884
karen at

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