Session Title

What Students Want: Redesigning Research Guides Based on Student Needs

Presenter Information

Amy Gratz, Kennesaw State University

Description

Creating and maintaining research guides that students use and find helpful is an ongoing challenge. On deciding that our subject guides were due for a significant update, librarians at Kennesaw State University realized we needed to learn what our students wanted from these resources. We conducted a study focused on learning what information students expect to find on research guides, as well as how they would organize it. During this presentation I will share the study results and how that information was used to design a new subject guide template in LibGuides CMS. Additionally, I will explain beta-testing the new template prior to updating all subject guides for the fall 2018 semester. Attendees will take away recommendations for transferable design characteristics for your own guides, card sorting, and usability testing methodologies you can use to learn what your own community is looking for.

Start Date

15-3-2018 10:30 AM

End Date

15-3-2018 11:30 AM

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What Students Want: Redesigning Research Guides Based on Student Needs

Creating and maintaining research guides that students use and find helpful is an ongoing challenge. On deciding that our subject guides were due for a significant update, librarians at Kennesaw State University realized we needed to learn what our students wanted from these resources. We conducted a study focused on learning what information students expect to find on research guides, as well as how they would organize it. During this presentation I will share the study results and how that information was used to design a new subject guide template in LibGuides CMS. Additionally, I will explain beta-testing the new template prior to updating all subject guides for the fall 2018 semester. Attendees will take away recommendations for transferable design characteristics for your own guides, card sorting, and usability testing methodologies you can use to learn what your own community is looking for.