Usability and Digital Newspapers: Envisioning User Needs for Engaging Online Newspapers
Developing a usability test plan requires a great deal of planning work, most of which can be gathered through a strong discovery phase. The discovery phase is a period in which the usability researcher observes how a product is planned by its designers, how it is used by its target audience, and how the goals of the designer are fulfilled for successful use by the target audience. The goals of a usability test will emerge directly from this discovery period, and this presentation will discuss the key role of discovery in usability research of digitized newspapers.
Ana Krahmer heads the University of North Texas Libraries’ Digital Newspaper Unit, where she oversees the work of three NEH National Digital Newspaper Program coordinators, as well as the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. She is writing her dissertation in the PhD program for Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Texas Tech University. Ana’s research focuses on the usability of digitized primary source objects, specifically on the usability of metadata access points to these objects. This presentation will relate to her dissertation research in usability, which specifically ties to her newspaper digitization work at the University of North Texas Libraries.