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Library Day in the Life — Day 2 — 25/01/11

January 27th, 2011

Leicester's New Walk in cheerier weather

Leicester's New Walk in cheerier weather

This is my third set of posts as part of the Library Day in the Life project, although it’s the sixth round of the project as a whole, which aims to record typical (and atypical) days of library workers around the world. You can find all of my posts within this project under the librarydayinthelifetag. For those new to this blog, I am an academic librarian, providing scientific subject support at a UK university.

My two main intentions for Tuesday and Wednesday (my two full days at work) were to finish the report on the user testing sessions we ran on the existing library website before Christmas. We’re moving the whole website to  the university’ new content management system Plone this year, launching a resource discovery system and reworking all our subject pages, so we wanted to have a good look at the old pages and some common (but not necessarily simple) tasks that library users carry out.

Most of the day was therefore spent trying to tame the data a little bit: I’d made a fair start at the analysis, looking at the route that the test pairs had taken through the library webpages for each task. Tasks included finding out how to get a reminder of their library PIN, and trying to access a journal article (which I knew we didn’t subscribe to). Finally some major themes seemed to be coming out of the data for each question, and I was able to move on from the basic analysis to start thinking about implications a bit.

We also had an update of the library web team, at which we discussed progress so far, the sessions IT’s Information Architect has been running with library users, mobile apps, and lots of other stuff.

My main contribution to the meeting was reporting back on a session I’d run with the Information Librarian team discussing our requirements for the new subject resource pages. I followed up the meeting with an unscheduled chat with the new web developer based in the library who had some great ideas for ways of making the large amount of information that needs to go on these pages manageable and easy-to-use, so it was well worth discussing.

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