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Curriculum and Instruction | Graphics and Human Computer Interfaces | Information Literacy | Library and Information Science


In the aftermath of a consortium migration to a shared cloud-based resource management and discovery system, a small college library implemented a web usability test to uncover the kinds of difficulties students had with the new interface. Lessons learned from this study led to targeted changes, which simplified aspects of searching, but also enhanced the librarians’ ability to teach more effectively. The authors discuss the testing methods, results, and teaching opportunities, both realized and potential, which arose from implementing changes.

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Accepted Version


This article is the author-created version that incorporates referee comments. It is the accepted-for-publication version. The content of this version may be identical to the published version (the version of record) save for value-added elements provided by the publisher (e.g., copy editing, layout changes, or branding consistent with the rest of the publication).


This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Web Librarianship on July 7, 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/19322909.2016.1190678.

Original Citation

Barbara Valentine & Beth West
Improving Primo usability and teachability with help from the users.
Journal of Web Librarianship, 2016, volume 10, issue 3, pages 176-196



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