From the collection of the State Library of New South Wales www.sl.nsw.gov.au
As we begin to make plans for changes to the University Library website, we want to be guided by the needs and interests of our members. We plan to engage in a multi-pronged approach to assessment, both to understand more about how you are using our current website, and to understand how you are working and learning more generally. We want to get a better picture of your study habits, the tools you’re using to learn and to stay organized, and what you want from the University Library and the Library website.
You may have noticed that we’ve been running a quick survey on the library website, asking you why you visited the site and whether you’ve achieved your goals. We appreciate all the feedback we’ve received so far! It’s so helpful to understand what people are coming to the site for, and what you want to do here. We’ll be running this survey for one more week, and are grateful for the insight you’re sharing.
We’re also planning a series of events for the beginning of the spring semester, and will be engaging you all to talk about the library and the library website, and to participate in all kinds of fun activities, including brainstorming, card sorting, and collaborative design activities. We think these events will be a lot of fun, so stay tuned for more information!
What’s card sorting, you ask? Card sort exercise are a great way for us to learn how our members think about and use information on a web site. Card sorting allows testers to sort and cluster cards representing different parts of a website into categories that make sense the them. This will allow us to better understand how we can organize the information on our website in ways that make it easy for you to find and access.
We’ll also be reaching out to you around campus, to talk to you about when and how you use the library website, and what kinds of improvements you want to see. So if you’re approached by a librarian in the student center or the quad, do not be alarmed! We’re looking forward to getting to know you better.
We’ll also be doing more focused website usability testing as we start rolling out our updates and changes.
It’s important to us that our website is guided by your needs and is as accessible and usable as it can be. We hope you’ll be willing to share your thoughts, opinions, and ideas with us. If you have any questions, or want to be involved in any way, please leave a comment here, or send an email to email@example.com. We always love to hear from you.