Library News for the Faculty of Communication and Culture

Monday, November 14, 2005

Request for Participants - Library Website Usability Testing

As you are all aware, the Library launched its new website in September of this year. We are now doing some usability testing to measure whether or not we go it right. We are looking for undergraduates, grad students and faculty to participate. Testing will take approximately 1 hour and sessions will be run during the week of November 28-December 2. Details are below:

Request for Participants
University Library Website Usability Study

The University Library will be conducting a usability study of the Library website, and is looking for volunteers to participate in this study.

How long with the study take?
The study will take one hour of your time.

What will be expected of me if I participate in this study?
You’ll be asked several questions about your use of, and opinions of the current Library website. You’ll also be asked several questions that require you to search the University Library website for specific kinds of information. While you search, you’ll be asked to “think aloud”, verbalizing your thought processes.

Note that this is a study of the usability of the Library website, not a test of your knowledge or skill level.

Where and when does the study take place?
The study will be held in the MacKimmie Library Link, Room 102, from November 28th to December 2nd 2005.

How do I benefit?
All participants will receive a $20.00 voucher to add funds to their Campus Cards.

If you are interested in participating, please contact:

Justine Wheeler
Business Library
Phone: 220-4410

Monday, November 07, 2005

Creating "library-friendly" Research Assignments Workshop

Are you frustrated by the quality of research you see in your students' assignments? Are your students choosing websites over academic resources? Come to this workshop in the Learning Commons to find out how you can modify your assignment design to create assignments that are challenging, meaningful, and engaging that also encourage students to use a variety of the Library's vast resources. More information and online registration available at