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Computers in Libraries
VOLUME 25, NUMBER 9 — October 2005
Computers in Libraries
Complete Coverage of Library Information Technology

This Month: Designing GUIs to Fit User Behavior


Designing a Better Subject Page to Make Users' Searches More Successful
The way we librarians had organized our subject pages made perfect sense to us but not to the students who had to use them. However, by watching students search on our pages, then reformatting them, then retesting and reformatting a couple more times, we ended up with pages that students could search much more successfully.
By Darlene Fichter

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What We've Learned from Doing Usability Testing on OpenURL Resolvers and Federated Search Engines
While information professionals recognize the advantages of federated search tools, testing shows that, for many patrons, the concept doesn't work as well as you might think. It's somewhat of a conundrum.
By Frank Cervone

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Designing a Web Site for One Imaginary Persona That Reflects the Needs of Many
We all know that "you can't please everybody." You also can't design a Web site that works well for everybody. What's the solution? Create an imaginary persona with the characteristics of your main user group, and focus on its needs while making design decisions. Sound far-fetched? Read this article and decide for yourself.
By Heather Cunningham
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Using Participatory Design to Improve Web SitesClick for full-text HTML version (free) from Information Today, Inc.!
One woman learned that the best way to improve her Web sites was to involve the people most likely to use them in the design. She walks readers through the steps of participatory design and tells how it differs from user-centered design.
By Tatiana Nikolova-Houston
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The Systems Librarian
Analyzing Web Server Logs to Improve a Site's Usage
By Marshall Breeding
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Computers in Small Libraries
Include Your Patrons in Web Design
By Gary Roberts
Page 30
Coming Full Circle
Closing the Circle
By Andrew K. Pace
Page 34
Online Treasures
Does Your Library's Web Site Pass the Usability Test?
By Janet L. Balas
Page 36

Editor's Notes
Our Brains Are Different
By Kathy Dempsey

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Newsline Reports
Check Your Tie at the Door and Think Outside the Box at AusWeb05
By Terence K. Huwe

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ask techman
By D. Scott Brandt
Page 48
Noted & Quoted Page 49
Books to Check Out Page 52
How to Write for CIL Page 44
Library Tech Connection Page 55

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