Information science students Alexa Carter and Olivia Frederick have been conducting usability testing for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) library in Reston, Virginia. The testing is a part of National Library Week. The week runs from April 8 – 14, 2018 to celebrate 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 were selected as members of the inaugural class of UX-A scholars, a program funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. UX-A scholars have been led by IS professors Carol Tenopir, Rachel Fleming-May and Dania Bilal. Carter and Frederick are expected to graduate from the UT School of Information Sciences on May 11, 2018. Their travel to Virginia was supported by the USGS and Mike Frame, USGS deputy director (acting) for core science analytics, synthesis & libraries and serves as a IS lecturer.
National Library Week first began in 1958 and is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA).