Usability evaluation of an NHS library website

Ebenezer, Catherine Usability evaluation of an NHS library website. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 2003, vol. 20, n. 3, pp. 134-142. [Journal article (Paginated)]

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Abstract Objectives: To carry out a usability evaluation of the recently launched South London and Maudsley NHS Trust library website. Methods: A variety of standard methodologies were employed: content and design evaluation of selected comparable sites, focus groups, a questionnaire survey of library and Web development staff, heuristic evaluation, observation testing, card sorting/cluster analysis, and label intuitiveness/category membership testing. All test participants were staff of or providers of services to the trust. Demographic information was recorded for each participant. Results: Test participants’ overall responses to the site were enthusiastic and favourable, indicating the scope and content of the site to be broadly appropriate to the user group. Testers made numerous suggestions for new content. Usability problems were discovered in two main areas: in the organization of the site, and in the terminology used to refer to information services and sources. Based on test results, proposals for a revised menu structure, improved accessibility, and changes to the terminology used within the site are presented. Conclusion: Usability evaluation methods, appropriately scaled, can be advantageously applied to NHS library websites by an individual Web editor working alone.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Consumer Satisfaction,Focus Groups,Great Britain,Internet,Internet: standards,Internet: utilization,Libraries,Medical,Medical: organization & administration,Program Evaluation,Questionnaires,State Medicine,State Medicine: organization & administration,User-Computer Interface
Subjects: H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HQ. Web pages.
L. Information technology and library technology > LC. Internet, including WWW.
Depositing user: Ms Catherine Ebenezer
Date deposited: 16 Feb 2015 13:05
Last modified: 16 Feb 2015 13:05


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