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UT4 detailed results
Compiled by Tiah Edmunson-Morton
          3/12/2008
About the User

1. What kind of
2. Have you
ever conducted
historical or
3. How much
detail do you
expect when
searching for


                       DB                     BG                   DS



                       Other: On-call Ref
                       librarian/archivist,
                       public librarian,
What kind of           formerly worked for HP Student:
user are you?          as IT Help Desk        college/university   Student: History major
                                        Not really. Some work
                                        for high school
                                        projects, but didn't use
                                        online resources
                                        because she wasn't
                                        sure of what she could
                                        trust or no. She uses
                                        online archives            Yes, research as a
                                        occasionally for her       student assistant on the
                                        job as a student           reference desk. It’s
                                        assistant for the          researching OSU
Have you ever                           archives. If patrons       history, and I’ve
conducted                               don't come in with call    primarily worked to find
historical or                           number they are            photographs or
archival        Yes, helping patrons,   looking for something      genealogical
research        but not his own         more, she'll try to help   information for OSU
before?         project.                them find something.       alumni.
                   Prefer to see enough
                   detail to tell if what I
                   am looking for is
                   available or not. Ie frat   If it is a more common
                   house ref question,         subject, I would expect     Detail: Not much,
                   wanted specific             there to be a lot more      typically expect to find
                   timeframe, we could         information, with more      description, but not
                   tell that there were        digitized documents;        usually entail too much
                   pictures, but not if        but if it is more           about what the
                   anything was there. In      obscure, I wouldn't         photograph. Ideal
                   this case, frat name        expect as much detail       world: short description,
                   associated with it or       because not as many         thumbnail of the
                   address, we would           people would use it, so     photographs,
How much detail known without opening          I wouldn't expect           documents: summary,
do you expect      the box if we had           people to put in that       abstracts, if possible,
when searching wanted something                much effort to put in if    digitized documents.
for                specific. What I tend to    not that wouldn't be        But this is not
historical/archiva do, rather than look for    used as frequently.         something I would
l information      detail on the screen I      But still expect at least   expect as a general
online?            use find in page a lot.     a title.                    rule.
JS                      JR



Professional faculty:
Natural Resource
Digital Library Program
Director, no formal     All of them, but mainly an
library education       educator and historian
     Yes, both in person and
No   online.
                             I would expect to find as
                             much online as I would
                             in person. If they exist in
                             the repository, I expect
                             them to be online as
                             well, but usually they
                             aren’t. So I might not find
                             full finding aids, but if
                             there are at least
                             collection level
                             descriptions that’s good.
I would expect to find       If it is available,
the date, and the well       obviously I would want
because of the nature        folder level description,
of my work I would be        and I’ve been in some
interested in the            archives where they
geographic extent, and       have had very detailed
probably an abstract,        folder level descriptions.
the basic information        If it is a big central
about what is there:         collection, I would
who, what, where,            expect that because it is
when, why. I would like      a big selling point for the
fully digitized materials,   institutions that
but I wouldn’t expect it.    something like item level
If it was current I would    would be there, but you
expect it, but not           can’t expect that level of
historically.                description because it is
KY                                              KE




                                                College graduate: political
Librarian, formerly high school/middle school   Science,
teacher                                         PR/Communications
Not really, only informally: personal research,
photographs, not methodical or practiced, hit
or miss. Start at Google and end up at an
archives site. Generally I start at Google, cast
a really wide net, then it gets my brain thinking No experience doing
about possibilities.                              archival research.
Detail depends on what kind of archive it is
and who was the sponsoring institution. If
it was a museum, I would expect detail. The
Library of Congress site does a good job of
structuring their site to point you in certain
directions depending on what kind of user
you are, so you are in different places in
the site based on that. The web pages of
hobby archivists are interesting,
sometimes full of superfluous information,
but neat anyway. In general, I expect to see
what is available and maybe have some
logical connections provided, what they
[the archivists] see as logical connections.
I don't know that I have any concrete
expectations, but I assume that things
[topics, subjects, collections] are already       I would assume that 75%
connected/thought about before I get there.       would be available
It helps me to get my brain moving if I can       online. If they are paper
read about these things. I also like it when      documents, I would
it is apparent that the staff have thought        expect them to be online.
about the bigger picture and haven't just         At the very least, I would
tossed stuff up on the web. As I see it,          want some sort of
organization can't get in your way;               summary for everything
although, if it is too organized, there isn't a   they have so I could tell
place for discovery. It may also be a             if it was worth my time to
problem if they haven't thought of things         go to the library.
LB          MD                      SK




            Historian, non-book
            cataloger, processing   Librarian. Formerly
Librarian   archivist               public school teacher.
Yes: research on
alumni member from
1920s. Lots of phone
calls, asking for
assistance from
archives @ other
universities. Would
have liked to find it
online, but lucky to find   Yes. Own personal
phone numbers. Both         papers, in person
archivists & registrar,     helped people find what
and general small           they want, helped co-   No experience doing
town libraries.             workers.                research in archives.
Expectation: won’t find                                 I expect to find a lot
what I am looking for. I                                online. [What is
would be lucky if I                                     detailed for you, what
could find an archival                                  does this term mean?]
site and if I do find it                                For family research,
what’s really going to                                  "detailed" is names of
be there? My                                            ancestors, birth dates.
assumption is that it is                                I know some things
what is most popular                                    about archives &
to large donors, and                                    finding aids and I know
that’s probably not                                     that they don’t give
what I am looking for. I                                you that much
would expect to be                                      information I would
confused; every time                                    think that it isn’t really
you visit a new site                                    detailed. But I would
[library site] every one                                probably use Google,
is different, there isn’t                               and I am thinking that
a template or                                           somewhere I would be
similarity, how is it                                   able to find that
organized, org well,                                    information, though
words used that I                                       maybe not in an
haven’t thought                                         archive. [Explain
of—site architecture                                    where you would find
would confuse me.           I would expect digitized it] Someone who has
What would you want         materials and detailed interest in it, university
it to look like?] I would   list of what is there if it professor website, or
like it to have images,     isn’t digitized.            scholarly association
KB




Librarian: Digital
Collections
Coordinator
Yes, undergrad is
in Classics and
classical history
was her focus,
main source was
Perseus digital
library
Expect full text.
Images =
individual
description,
library level.
Detailed contents
note more so than
traditional paper
finding aid, ideally
everything
digitized and you
could go directly
to the content
from the finding
aid, assuming no
barriers or limits
on funding etc.
The Search

                            DB




A2A: Catalogue of the papers
and correspondence of
Joseph Stanley Mitchell Frs  X
b. NWDA: Guide to the Helen
L. Atkinson Papers          ############################
OAC: Stereographs of the
West from The Bancroft
Library Pictorial Collection   ############################
NWDA: Guide to the
Willamette Writers Guild
Records                    ############################
NWDA: Guide to the
Blanchard Boat Company
Photographs              ############################
NWDA: Guide to the Arthur
Robert Smith Papers         X
OAC: Gary K. Hart Collection X
A2A: St Ebba's Hospital,
Epsom                          X

Comparison: Linus Pauling to
                              Reads over, scrolls, clicks to
                              external Spec Coll link. Checking
                              links when he is on the Spec Coll
                              site to see if there are other external
                              links that will take him somewhere
                              else.
Guide to the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers
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                          Scrolls down through list. Clicks
                          detailed desc in sidebar. Scrolls
                          through terms in sidebar, doesn’t
                          click them. Reads over subject
                          terms, returns to the top. The
                          sidebar is basically like a table of
                          contents for the diff types of records
                          that they have. I’m trying to get a
Guide to Instructional    general idea of what types of things
Services Office Records   are in this collection.
                        [initial information gathering for a
                        topic, which would be more helpful?]
                        opens lp, clicks sidebar, reading
                        content descrription, you know it’s
                        hard to imagine without having a
                        specific question. ISO: reads over
                        content description, this is pretty
                        specific ie home ec is in
                        accreditation, so it’s not curriculum
                        files. Searching like it is two diff
                        words. Uses “” and finds phrase.
                        Discovers return to top. I have to
                        scroll back up and see if I am
                        seeing things over and over again,
                        looks at box number to see if they
Comparison/Discussion   are diff.
[which one do you like better] by using the search function on the web page, I
BG   DS




X    X
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                                        Journalist is highlighted with
                                        search term. [Sees in summary] if it
                                        wasn't there I'd go to historical
I don't like the yellow highlights. X   note.
    Do I have to use this page [no you
    can navigate around like it was a
    real search] [Clicks tabs/words and
    the top, scrolls, doesn't use search
    box, clicks biography then does
X   find in page.]
############################## ############################
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So this one is just another one
where you get a basic list of these
are the titles of what we have, but    It's outlined a little less. It was the
you don't get the narrative version,   same basic terms used,
and their link takes you back to the   subsections, likes the way it is put
general Lane webpage, so you           together, easy to read and
have to go back through and find       navigate. Find the info you need
what you are looking for, do a new     and skip everything else. [If you are
search. On the Pauling one you can     in the middle of a long list, how do
search within Special Collections      you feel?] It saves me tons of time,
and you could search for               I am a fan of the ctrl + f and I know
something specific if you wanted to    that I can type in a keyword and
know more about Pauling. It is         find it, if not it is easy to skim
more useful to have that narrative     through and find it. Even if I am still
and then a link to the repository      left with 7 folders, I can go through
where the collection is housed than    it. It's obvious that someone has
having a folder list without as much   done a lot of work on both these
narrative.                             sites.
Knowing how these collections are
set up, the level of work and
description is right for that
collection. If they tried to do a
detailed container list for the
Pauling collection it wouldn't work.
Description is appropriate for the
size, type of collection.
**Recognized that there were
differences in size, and would
accept that descriptions for
different collections on the same
site would and could vary.**
Honestly, the more narrative,
general description is all I need, it
is more helpful than something
really detailed.
ike better] by using the search function on the web page, I can find the instances on the page of the things that I might be intere
JS




X
X, answers, then scrolls, reading. So
weird that you describe things in cubic
feet [not in boxes, but in size] I’d put
the states on the front page,
somebody might not know what the
NW is
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X
X
X
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nces on the page of the things that I might be interested in. On the LP page, I can get more description about the topic rather th
JR




X
Yes, I found it in the summary. [Clicks sidebar
detailed description, scrolls, down then up, stops at
writing files.]
##########################################
Ctrl +f, even if I have searched and gotten this page.
Ctrl + f, explores page. Doesn’t use search box. Use
find-in-page and then read over the historical
note/content description.
##########################################
[Scrolls, clicks biography.] There is too much in the
sidebar information about the container list, I would
rather have a table of contents that clicks you to
another page.
##########################################
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ght be interested in. On the LP page, I can get more description about the topic rather than just the listing of the term. However,
KY   KE




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X   X
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escription about the topic rather than just the listing of the term. However, I don’t know what I am looking at, is the award actually
LB




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I know this is a silly thing, but I don’t understand what ISO is, it seems
like an arbitrary name. Is it an office somewhere, a place somewhere?
[This organizational/departmental jargon is confusing for researchers
without further explanation from archivists] Oh my God, this goes on
forever! [Laughs at how long the finding aid is.] Well, now I want to read
the beginning paragraphs. I like the arrangement information, at least it
tells me they are in boxes. Okay, I see a really long list. I would have to
do finding in page. I also feel slightly frustrated because I don’t know
what this office is. Wait, I guess I can read the summary, well I did, but I
still don’t know what it is. Why are there vice presidents and no
presidents?
I like how Amazon.com gives you “you might be interested in this” [I
point out the Related Materials section] hm, that’s good, but I didn’t see
it or read it. So ultimately, someone who landed on this page would
already know that they were looking at LCC, well, maybe.
[Long page: how do you navigate and negotiate all the information
here?]: I guess I would hope that I know exactly what I am looking for
and that they use that key word. I would like to be able to squish up one
part of the list and not have to look at the whole container list. You
would have to know a lot about this collection and what is in these files
to tell what it is even talking about. You would have to do find in page, if
you didn’t find it there you’d read the collection series description, and
then you’d just have to read them line by line.
[Assumptions/implications of the list vs. the narrative?] With the list I
feel like I need to know an exact word for what I want to find out more
about, and then because it is saying box/folder I know that I would be
able to ask for that, and then I would assume that they would bring out
some folders for me. In the LP collection, well for finding things I’d just
like to have the list. Really I want them both: I like the descriptions, but I
would probably just feel baffled when I went to the repository “it looks
like section one contains some carbon copies, can I see those?” I feel
like I would just be really embarrassed because I don’t really know what
bulk mailings is, because then they are going to ask me for what I want.
I like the list because I know that someone has filed it, thus indicating
that there is indeed a folder somewhere with information in it. I’m going
to read over these descriptions and there is a mention of a file, as soon
as I see the word “file” I want there to be a file number. I like the
description of the a/v materials, but it says “eclectic array” which tells
me that it’s put in a room somewhere. I’d like the detail i.e. “this section
is comprised of 5000 videos, cataloged in this way, click here to find out
more.” I like the paragraphs, but it makes me think that it hasn’t been
organized, that it’s just stuff thrown together in a room. And I know that
archives are meticulous about their organization, but this makes it look
like there isn’t any. And I don’t know what that means about what it will
look like when I get there, will it mean a lot of work for me? Will I go
there and they will take me to a room and say it might be in this area.
It’s like if I was given a Word file and an Excel file, I’ll take the list. The
list culturally conjures up order; narratives mean stories, random.




I don’t like how the Special Collections page looks different, it’s about
branding.
MD                           SK




                          First thing I would do is read
                          some of the information to see
######################### where it is from. X, X.
X, Summary. I would go down to
the bio note or content
description, scrolls down. [if you
didn’t find it there what would
you do] scroll down to see what
else is there. [willing to look
around, even when items are
not where she expected]            #########################
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X   #########################
    Arthur Smith: I’d first start, now
    that I have done some of these I
    know how to do this, I would
    look at the summary first, so
    he’s a journalist, scrolls down to
X   historic note to read more. X
    Gary Hart: is this the Gary Hart?
    Scrolling down page, looking at
    sidebar, oh here is a biography
X   under contents.
X, access restrictions. Next step
= I guess contact the Surrey
History Center, clicks there to
go to full website                X
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front matter looks virtually the
same as the first page I looked
at for Linus Pauling. Again, I
wouldn’t even go down there
again [pointing down to the rest
of the page. Clicks to LCC
page, and then goes back to
NWDA.] Well maybe I should
read the summary because I
don’t really know what it has to
do with history. So I am reading
this and see that it is
administrative information and
that might not be as important to
the general public, it is
institutional history that would
be more important to the
institution that created it. With
the LP finding aid you can just
read and explore. [“Home
Economics” folder catches her
eye.] [So now that you’ve seen
something you are interested in,
what are you going to do?] I
would look here at publication
and reports, scrolls up, and I’m
going to figure out how these
                                  [What about having a more
                                  directed search topic or
                                  keyword to look for? Which was
                                  more useful when you wanted
                                  to know more about the “Hang
                                  in There Baby Award”?] I
I guess which one works
                                  wouldn’t even go through the
better depends on what I am       finding aid on NWDA to find
looking for. If I was looking     something in Linus Pauling
for a specific person, the inst   because I know the OSU
serv takes you to a specific      Special Collections site is there,
folder, the other I would have    and I know there will be much
to have the arch people do        more there. And, really, if it isn’t
more research or have them        online or digitized, I don’t want
tell me where it is. The long     to just read the term, which is
list feels normal, it makes me    what I do on the NWDA site.
feel like I could actual see      Though if I was a real scholar I
what I wanted was there, if I     might… Well, no I would still
was looking for something         use the repository site. [Finally
specific, but with the Pauling    goes back to the finding aid,
one I would have to contact       scrolls through a bit and says,]
someone to see if it was          “No, I’d still go to the repository
there.                            website.”
Narrative versus list: [Would you
read these paragraphs? Would
this information be helpful for
you?] No, really this isn’t helpful;
I really wouldn’t want to know
this because it doesn’t tell me
anything specific. If someone
was looking for basic
information about how he came
about this stuff, this style might
be appropriate, I guess, but
since I can’t see anything on
this site anyway… If I was a
scholar doing stuff on Pauling I
would already know the stuff
they are telling me. And I don’t
need to know about the
subsections and how it is
divided… Though I do like
knowing that the publication he
received his Peace Prize for is
in here, but that information can
just be included in parentheses
and that’s a pretty specific
random detail. [Reads
organizational information about
Linus Pauling finding aid and
KB




X, admin history, scrolled to
find
X, summary. Ii. Scrolls reads,
finds, box 4. Grey font on the
white is really hard to read.
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X
X
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Instruction: it’s really nice to
have a quick glance to say I
don’t need the meeting
records or background
material and not have to sift
through narrative. The most
important thing about a list is
that I would be coming at this
through a search box, the
narrative box might gummy up
the search results and may
not give me what I want. If the
narrative is done well it will
allow for more precise
keyword searching, but if it is
done poorly it will skew the
results. But that is me thinking
like a cataloger. Do you have
a place to have a spellcheck
or to report spelling errors?
[How much tutorial
information would you want] I
think the hard thing is that
they are so long, even the
short ones are long. If I want
to find something I would
need to spend time finding the
content note, because that’s
where I am going to find out if
the collection has what I really
need, and with the LP
collection it is so far down I
would need to spend even
more time just figuring out
where things are. It’s
interesting because if I am
dropping into the page from
somewhere else, the subjects
list on the LP page it’s so long
because the collection is so
big, but if I’ve dropped into the
page because I have done a
Google search, I would just
want the information I was
searching for, not all this other
stuff. [can you explain?] I want
more than just this list of all
The Web Site
Experience

                    DB     BG




Do you find the web
site easy to use and
navigate?            Yes   Yes
                                                         Probably a 3, there's a lot of
                                                         information and I can get a lot
                                                         of the basics, but if I wanted
                                                         any more detail I would have
                                                         to email someone and ask to
                                                         come in and look at the
                                                         materials. I guess it isn't
                    4 The reason is because we’ve
                                                         unrealistic to ask people to do
                    talked about ways to improve
                                                         that if they were doing specific
                    it, ie searching problems, not
                                                         research for something if they
                    user friendly yet. The other
                                                         were doing real research, and
                    thing is, consistency in the
                    different finding aids, ie           this site encompasses a lot of
                    narrative on one and listing on      colleges and you can't expect
                    the other, I don’t offer that as a   them to put everything there
                    criticism because these were         b/c that takes a lot of time. But
                    done at a space and time, but        I feel like it would be more
                    from a user standpoint you           helpful if you could monitor
                    have to adjust. Rich sources of      the stuff that got more hits and
                    information, so if your real goal    then you could provide more
                    is consistency then bland            information specific to that
                    library catalog is winning, but      topic on line because people
                    that inconsistency is an             are a lot more likely to take
                    unfortunate consequence of           advantage of that rather than
                    including all that information.      going into the archives at
What overall rating The user should be glad to           whatever university and
do you give the web have a problem like that.            looking at the materials that
site? Rank 1-5      Remarks on library in-service.       way.

Suggestions
             Once I discovered the search
             box, which is right in front of
             my face, I’ve successfully
             located all sorts of things
             [improvement for search box]
             you know, since I stumbled into
             something, maybe if it had a
             search help link here that
             would provide rudimentary tips
             about searching i.e. put “”
             around phrases, not to
             stemming so make
             adjustments for singular/plural
             somewhere for people to go to
             clear up what they are
Search Box   wondering about.
                                                   Oh, is that what those would
                                                   do? I didn't actually try one,
                                                   because when it comes up on
                                                   its own it was already
                                                   expanded and there wasn't so
                                                   much information that I felt
                                                   like it needed to be contracted
                                                   so I could look at something
                                                   else. I didn't have to use it, so I
                                                   didn't try. [helpful, distracting,
                                                   not needed?] I don't really feel
                 I noticed them but ignored        like it is necessary unless you
                 them, but now that you bring it wanted to print just part of it,
                 up those are very nice. I like    but I guess it would be just as
                 the expand/collapse all, like     useful to copy and paste in
                 that kid of control from a single Word and print that part, but it
                 spot. I think yellow is a good    would be a good way for me to
Expand/Contact   color because it shows nice       procrastinate by playing with
Buttons          contrast with the white/black. the pluses and minuses.
                       Yeah the pages were easy to
                       use/navigate, some of them I felt
                       like it was less helpful than it
                       could have been because I don't
                       care for the folder description
                       because I want to know what is
                       actually in it, not what is called.
                       But of the information that is
Level of Description   there, it is fairly easy to follow.
                                                 It would be helpful if you had the
                                                 search box on every page
                                                 because you could do more
                                                 specific searches because you
                                                 can just search that page, rather
                 I can’t think of anything I     than clicking the search tab at
                 don’t like, I think I get       the top because you are having
                 overwhelmed by large            to search the entire page and
                 amounts of information on       you are getting a lot more results
                 any page, narrative or list, so and a lot of them are not going to
                 I use the search box and it     be what you wanted.
General Comments worked.                         Overwhelming
In times past, the user was an
archivist, assisted by a human
who knew everything, now the
user is the end user and they
come with sets of expectations
different from a professional.
Likes the colors, likes the site,
likes the white space
DS                                  JS




Yes, but I didn't really have to do
much off the page searching, but
the pages we looked at were
easy to navigate, and I noticed
and used the tabs at the top.
These are visually appealing
colors (as opposed to A2A's red
& black) easy. It was easy to       Yes, it is easy to use and
distinguish links and basic set up navigate. I like the print and the
of the page made sense.             email at the top,
                                 4 and the reason it’s not a 5 is
                                 the inconsistency within the
                                 sites, if I was looking for a
                                 specific item I would have a
                                 little trouble. So I just typed
                                 that rowboats thing, so how
3-4 closer to the 4: Suggestion: would you search specific
be more specific about what the finding aids? Explores, clicks
search box searches: is it just  around the advanced page. I
that page, a certain part in the mean in some ways we aren’t
site or the whole thing? To save testing the usability of the adv
time in the long run he would go search. The information for the
to the main search box on the    finding aids is good, how to
main page.                       find the finding aids isn’t.
                                        I like the hyperlinks to the
[asked if he noticed the +/- and        different sections on the side. I
used/wanted to use them,                could see where, if you have a
because he didn't actually click        whole bunch of series you might
any of them] No, I didn't feel like I   want to have those pop up over
needed to use them, I would be          on the side, when the +/- is
much more likely to go to main          opened they are hyperlinks, wait
finding aid page, the one that          is that what these are? Oh you
popped up with my search, and           already did that. Identify the
then browse through to find what        series as something different, in
he needed. Likes expand &               some different way to make them
contract.                               stand out.
JR   KY




     Easy to navigate and use: I think
     I told you the parts that aren't
     easy: especially when it's really
     long.
I think it’s pretty good, I’ll say a 4,
though I don’t know what would
make it perfect. In my fantasy
world, if everything had more
context I would love it. If you were
interested in this topic, here are
other useful collections. It comes
back to the arch
obsession/interest in the unique,
the finding aid is all about this
collection rather than being part of
a network of things. It would be          3.5, but it depends on what I am
nice to be able to link from this         looking for. The first time I used
page. Embed the advanced                  it, it was a 3, then after I used it,
search feature to browse by               it was a 4. I like to have pictures,
repository or subjects. Especially        it feels friendlier. I kind of expect
since there is a controlled               that I am going to find something
vocabulary here already, but have         there, and then I say "oh, it's just
it on the top in this overview so         a list" and I don't know how I
there would be an option at the           would get there, get to it. If there
top without having to go all the          were digital pieces to it, I would
way to the bottom. “Find similar or       want that to be noted. You could
related collections within NWDA”          even say "pieces of this
make it clear that it is within           collection are accessible through
NWDA or within the repository,            this url." If there are digitized
make the distinction and allow            materials, I would want to know
people to customize. The next             and have it be obvious.
And yes, I noticed the search box,
but I don’t know what it does, or
rather what it is actually
searching. I used the +/- with the
Pauling page because I was tired
of looking at all the subjects, it
would be nice if the default was to
have them be closed.
                                    Expand/contract: if they are there
                                    and I want to see if there is more
                                    information, I would click it for
                                    more, but when I used it, it got rid
                                    of the information that is there
                                    and it just disappears. I don't
Yes I saw it, though I’m not sure I really understand the purpose of
am using it fully... My assumption it, I guess. I guess the navigation
is that it wouldn’t be too clear to on the side could control what
expand/contract.                    you see a little more.
                                        If I had indeed gotten here
                                        from a Google search, I don't
                                        know that I would use the tabs
[What about the navigation bar          at the top. [Clicks the "Home"
with information?] No, I didn’t use     tab.] See this little paragraph
it. I tend to scroll or use the find    on the main page would be
function. I would be more likely to     really nice to have on each
use the content list if it was in the   page to tell you what this is. It
middle. This structure is so            depends on the content, but I
traditional, with the left hand         didn't find this difficult.
navigation and the rest is in the       Understand the difference
middle. Part of this is because you     between "search"es, but it
only have so much territory and         would be nice to distinguish
you want to make use of it.             between the 2 searches.
I like the color scheme.
KE                                     LB




Yes, I liked that it was uniform, so
once I got used to it what I was
looking at, I liked that things were
fairly similarly ordered—you know,
for the most part… It was a little
frustrating when it gave me this
really long list, but I was able to
locate what I wanted, I think.
I would give it a 3.5. It was easy to
use, but I wish there would have
been more information, but at the
same time I felt like I did get
something out of it.
Search box: yes I would use it and
yes understands the difference.
But if it said search within
document or collection, that would
be pretty cool too.
No, I didn’t want to use them or
use them at all, in fact I was a
little afraid to click there to see
what it does. Now that you
bring it up, I see that it is kind
of helpful.
Suggestion: alphabet at the top so
you could click a letter and it
would take you to that part of the
list.
MD                              SK




Yes, Yes, because you didn’t
have to do another search
once I got there, it took me
directly to the page. I would
like to see links within these
documents to the actual
digitzed stuff, ie knowing that
Linus Pauling letters are
digitized and I’d like to link to
those or the websites, rather
than contacting and having
them say “oh, it’s already
there.” Or from the LCC
finding aid, if the planning
department website, the
current one, it might give me
a person in that department to
contact.                          Yes
                              For its purpose I would give it a
                              be
4, mostly because there could 4. more than what’s there, but what is there is good.
                                  Oh, I hadn’t seen them
                                  before. I’m not really sure
                                  why you have these +/- here.
                                  [Plays with them, wishes the
                                  historical note was more
                                  specific, especially when
                                  there is more than one in a
Related materials now being finding aid. Assumes that by
hidden under the admin            clicking the top overview of
information is not good. How the collection +/- button
do we make that visable, who would just show her all the
is going to click on the +/- for section titles.] I don’t really
that. For some of the areas       understand why you would
the +/- is good, but I think the want to click to expand or
most useful spot to have it is contract one section in
within the series, say I don’t    particular, though I’m not
care about the                    really bothered by all the
correspondence but want to text, so I don’t know why I
look at the other stuff, I’d like would want to minimize
to be able to just hide that      anything, but I read a lot
series, which you can’t do        online so I am used to
right now.                        reading lots of text.
I found it easy to navigate. The
first time I saw it and wasn’t
used to using it, I really wasn’t
familiar with how to search
archives; but I learned when I
was there and it got much
easier. Hey, I never noticed the
“Search” tab at the top, wow,
that’s kind of cool. [Tries it out
with “Blanchard Boat
Company” in the box and is
surprised by the results she
got, namely that it didn’t bring
up the finding aid she’d already
looked at. She remembers the
repository name and uses that
to search instead, and then
scrolls through the results to
see if she can find the
collection for the Boat
Company.] I really like search
boxes in advanced. [Assumes
the first, at the top of the Adv
Search page, is a Google
search box.] I like it that I can
narrow my search. The boxes
at top are kind of boring, but if
KB
I think it’s a good site, I’d
give it a 4 because it just
needs some tweaking. It is
clean and clear looking. I
haven’t spent a lot of time
on the homepage, but since
most people are going to
drop in.. I think people are
going to be disappointed
that there isn’t content, and
for the ordinary person
sitting in their basement this
will seem really confusing--
even the word finding aid is
really confusing. Put a
question mark next to
“confusing” terms so people
can find out what the word
means. Researchers might
like the finding aid, but the
lay person would be
confused.
While I am playing around
with the +/- boxes, it’s hard
to tell which historical note
on the LP finding aid I am
expanding and contracting,
I was trying to minimize all
the hist notes and it will only
let me contract one of the
notes at a time, it might be
a problem when there is
more than one of that field
type, but it is confusing
because it jumps me all
around and I don’t know
what is open and which is
closed. It also doesn’t
always work. I think they are
a good option to offer, then
you could track when
people are clicking on them.
I like using the standard
Windows expand and
contract, the +/- isn’t
familiar to me. Have an
option at the top for expand
all or contract all, because
it’s confusing to have some
I really like the tabbed menu
on the top, but I'd push the
menu on the left sidebar up.
When the lines appear
and when they don’t
seems to differ, I don’t
really care, but it would
be good to have them
consistent. That might be
a problem with XMetal…
My job is to try to figure
out how to link this stuff
to digital content, so I am
most interested in that. It
was nice on the OCA icon
that showed that there
was digital content for
those items.
The gray font is horrible.
Are there links to digital
content that are not
Like I said, I want to know
the content a little sooner
than it appears, content
beyond what is included in
the summary.

				
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