Usability testing and instruction librarians: A perfect pair

Stephanie Graves, Margie Ruppel

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This study examines how librarians are experiencing usability testing and how their observations are influencing library instruction. A survey of instruction librarians illustrates how usability testing and library instruction are connected. Survey results prove that instruction librarians are involved in usability testing. Furthermore, their participation in usability studies has led instruction librarians to alter their instructional methods. An overwhelming majority changed one or more instructional tools as a result of usability testing, and many reported creating new instructional resources. The authors add their own insights as both instruction librarians and participants in usability testing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-116
Number of pages18
JournalInternet Reference Services Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Mar 7 2007

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgements: Drawings were made by H. Reifberger, the manuscript was corrected by Dr. M. Schreuer and P. Chang. Grants from the “Fonds zur Forderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung” and a generous gift of the “Stiftungs-und Forderungsverband” essentially supported this work.


  • Bibliographic instruction
  • Library instruction
  • Online catalogs
  • Usability
  • Usability tests

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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