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Final Project Outline June 13, 2009

Filed under: Final Project — rhodges1 @ 12:35 pm

Website to be evaluated: http://www.manhattan.lib.ks.us/myaccount/borrowing.shtml

Framework:

Content – pdf documents, blogs, databases, online catalog, pictures, online forms, calendars, RSS feeds

Context – non-profit, government funded institution

Users – patrons & potential patrons (community members, parents, students K-12 and college, researchers, leisure readers), librarians.

Team members – Representatives from each area: library board, IT dept., Circulation dept., librarians (children, teen and adult), and administration.

Project Suggestions:

  • Create an online form for Interlibrary loan requests
  • Re-evaluate organization, labeling, search features, and navigation
  • Create more redundant links (navigation and organization) o Use of pull-down tabs (organization and labeling)
  • Always have a link to the previous page and home page (navigation)
  • Add a site search feature with a controlled vocabulary (search)

Next Steps:

  1. Meet with web development team to create project mission and vision statements.
  2. Meet with IT department or web administrator to find out limitations of web software.
  3. Complete content analysis with content map.
  4. Heuristic Evaluation – will have to be approved by the library board for funding
  5. User Testing – before and after
  6. Use Card Sorting method for organization and labeling with development team members.
  7. Research other library web sites (similar in demographics, collection size, and user population) and complete a Competitive Benchmarking evaluation.
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