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The Five College User Experience Committee (FCUX) fosters dialogue and shares UX research projects to better understand our library patrons’ needs. Each member of the committee strives to perform an iterative cycle of innovation and improvement.  Within this repository you’ll find the results of UX research within the Five College community, upcoming and past events, and resources that you may find useful.

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Five College User Experience Committee

Sika Berger (chair) – User Experience Librarian, Smith College.
Email: sberger (at) smith.edu

Thea Atwood – Data Services Librarian. UMass Amherst.
Email: tpatwood (at) umass.edu

Kelly Dagan – Research, Instruction & User Experience Librarian, Amherst College.
Email: kdagan (at) amherst.edu

Amedeo DeCara – Research and Instruction Librarian for Science (CS and NS). Hampshire College.
Email: adLO (at) hampshire.edu

Kathleen Norton – Librarian for Collection Development and User Experience, Mount Holyoke College.
Email: knorton (at) mtholyoke.edu

Using this site

We have designed the Five College UX repository to provide other librarians and user experience designers / researchers with real world studies that present local and relevant methodologies, goals, results, recommendations, and actions. The work is organized by six categories under “Research Projects”. You may click any category to see the specific research done in that area or simply browse at a higher level.

Repository Categories

Project Horizon for the 2017-2018 Academic Year

This is the current status of library user experience work at each of the five colleges:

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Amherst College

  • Collecting data around existing (recently launched) website
  • Wayfinding studies

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University of Massachusetts

  • Search, launch of EDS
  • “Lobby Refresh” project (wayfinding, signage for lobby and elevator areas)

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Mount Holyoke College

  • Developing a new library and technology services merged website for launch in Winter 2018.
  • Prototyping Bento Box advanced search wireframes
  • Defining the Information Architecture for a merged library
  • Porting the content
  • Testing the efficacy of the design, architecture and search interface

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Hampshire College

  • Assessing Knowledge Commons, could be both physical and web-based UX

Smith College

  • UX study for recently launched website & redesigned LibGuides
  • UX study for SmithScape “find your study space” app to launch campus-wide in Sept. 2017