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Steely Library testing mobile site

Dominique Barber

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Students with library fines have a new way to get some of their fees reversed, and it takes about 15 minutes.

W. Frank Steely Library is conducting a survey asking visitors to test their mobile site and rate library services. People interested in taking the survey can visit the third floor circulation desk, or take it online.

Once complete, participants receive a voucher worth up to $20 to be applied to their library fines.

Ellie Jones, the research and instructional services librarian, said the purpose of the usability test is to help create a website that is easy to use.

Steely Library has developed a mobile version of their catalog that can be accessed through the library home page. It allows access to databases such as Academic Search Premier.

Jones said she encourages anyone with a smart phone to come help the library test their mobile site. After testing the site, participants get a voucher to get up to $20 in library fines reversed. Jones said the voucher can come in handy for people with a lot of fines.

Students with library fines are unable to register for classes, or get their transcript. Seniors who do not pay their library fines are unable to graduate until their fines are paid.

“The mobile versions of catalog and databases makes the experience easier for a user with a smaller screen,” Jones said.

To take the survey, visit http://library.nku.edu/usability/.

Library visitors can also take the survey in person by visiting the circulation desk on the third floor.

To use the mobile site, visit http://nku.kyvl.org/vwebv/searchBasic?sk=mobile.

Story by Dominique Barber

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