Institutional permission/approval for usability testing?

Alexander Sonsteby Alexander.Sonsteby at METROSTATE.EDU
Mon Oct 20 16:24:19 EDT 2014

Hi, all,

I am writing to ask how many of your libraries have sought institutional review board (IRB)/human subject review board (HSRB) approval to conduct informal usability testing on your libraries' websites. By "informal" I mean that you don't record your test subjects, track their names or other personal identifiers (like student ID numbers) in a database, etc.

I realize that this may be a sensitive topic for some, so feel free to write me off-list if you prefer.

Thank you,


Alec Sonsteby, M.S.
Associate Professor and Reference & Instruction Librarian

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