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IS Students Conduct UX Testing for USGS

Information science master’s students Alexa Carter and Olivia Frederick recently conducted usability testing for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) library in Reston, Virginia. The testing was part of National Library Week (April 8-14, 2018), which celebrated the many ways libraries lead through transformative services, programs and expertise.

“What better way to celebrate the week than to assist this important library with our user experience expertise,” said CCI Associate Dean for Research Suzie Allard. “Our students have access to unique tools and training while earning their Master’s degree in Information Sciences in our CCI User eXperience Laboratory.”

Carter and Frederick, who will graduate from the UT School of Information Sciences on May 11, are members of the inaugural class of UX-A scholars, a program funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS),  and led by IS professors Carol Tenopir, Rachel Fleming-May and Dania Bilal. Their travel to Virginia was supported by USGS and Mike Frame, USGS deputy director (acting) for core science analytics, synthesis & libraries who also serves as an IS lecturer.

National Library Week, which began in 1958, is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA).

Carter (left) guides user through usability testing.

Above: Carter (left) guides user through usability testing.

Below: Frederick interviews user.

Frederick interviews user.