The e-Library website serves as an electronic gateway to the ISU Library's extensive collections and services. Although the content of the e-Library has been continuously expanded and updated since it was first unveiled in 2001, the website's basic design and organization have remained largely unchanged. In 2004, Library staff conducted formal usability testing with ISU students and faculty, to see how successful they were in using various features of the website. Preliminary findings and recommendations from this testing are available in the "Report on the 2004 Usability Study of the e-Library at Iowa State University."
In 2005, based on this report, several changes were made to the e-Library. These included:
In the spring of 2006, library staff will continue their review of the e-Library's usability through focus group discussions (again involving students, faculty, and staff), and will begin developing prototypes for a revised e-Library. It is expected that the new, improved website will be ready for fall semester in 2006.
Iteration between web design and usability testing will continue to provide better experiences and services for the students, faculty, staff, and visitors who access the Iowa State University Library via the Web.
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