Library website usability study

The University of Manitoba Libraries are investigating the way our websites work, and we want to see how what we already have is working for you. We’re seeking study participants for our next usability study. Contact us to make a testing appointment, or to review the informed consent form! There will be a small research participant incentive provided, to thank you for your insights.

Appointments will be no longer than one hour and a half in length, and will involve you independently navigating the Libraries’ website and talking about your thoughts and decisions while achieving set goals (locating specific text, downloading documents, etc.). You’ll be given a brief questionnaire to fill out before your test, and a brief questionnaire for your feedback on the test. Your actions on-screen will be recorded via screen capture software, and your spoken thoughts will be audio recorded. Please remember, it isn’t you that’s being tested – you’re helping us find out where the site is working and not working!

The UofM Libraries are seeking study participants from the following user groups:

  • Undergraduates
  • Graduate Students
  • Faculty

If you are a member of one of the above groups and interested in participating in the study, please contact Ruby Warren to obtain further information on the study and to see if we can schedule a testing appointment. You are under no obligation to continue with the study once you have requested further information or the informed consent form, and may withdraw at any time.

This study has been approved by the Joint-Faculty Research Ethics Board. Any concerns can be directed to the Human Ethics Coordinator at 204-474-7122 or email:


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