Posts tagged "User Research"

What's Happening in Our Library Spaces?

A picture of six different spaces in different University of Michigan library locations showing students studying, in the Bert's study lounge, in the stacks as well as a picture of the 2nd floor of the Duderstadt Center and an exterior shot of Tappan hall.

There are many ways to record and analyze what is happening in the University of Michigan libraries over time. The more we understand how users are engaging with our spaces, the more we can do to meet their needs. But how do you get a handle on such a big question (library space use)? What data do you collect and how do you break it down?

Explorations into Undergraduate Use of Collections

A collage of some of the book covers for titles recommended by incoming Wolverines.

The U-M Shapiro Undergraduate Library (UGL) collection serves the course-related and extracurricular information needs of U-M undergraduate students. This collection encourages students to explore new ideas, gain research skills, and become lifelong learners. How can we tailor this small collection (approximately 175,000 volumes) to meet their current needs?

Conducting Wayfinding Research to Improve Navigation

Student drawn map of the Hatcher Graduate Library.

It’s not uncommon for academic research libraries, especially large ones, to have multiple renovations that add a wing, a floor, or even a new building. The University of Michigan Library buildings on our central campus are no exception. Our undergraduate and graduate libraries form a complex whose structure is just that. Many times a day, staff members direct visitors, patrons, or even a colleague to their intended destination.

Words Matter: Terminology in User Experience Research

image of a dictionary page with definition of definition in view

The words we choose matter and having a shared vocabulary around user experience research is an important component of the work. This post presents definitions of user experience, user research, and usability testing, while examining how they intersect and why determining the frame of your research is good practice. Plus the one phrase we try not to use...

Conducting User Research to Build a Better Staff Intranet

picture of a paper card sort on the floor

Everyone who works in the library, including some student workers, uses the intranet -- that’s over 450 people! In preparation for a major Drupal update and intranet redesign, the Intranet Upgrade Investigation Team (IUIT) has done a ton of thoughtful user research to guide our work including a survey, open card sort and closed cart sort. The findings are informing our progress and helping meet the goal of making the intranet a sustainable and user friendly tool that everyone wants to use.

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