UX: Menus, Navigational Schema, & Authentication #InternetLibrarian

Aaron Bowen, Wichita State

How long should that menu be? (“Long Nav or Short Nav,” Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2018)

Testing LibGuides with students. Tested short and long versions of menu.

With the long version, students had some trouble with the tasks “Find what constitutes a scholarly article” and “How to refine a search query.”

With the short version, students had trouble with the same two tasks, plus “How to identify a research topic” and “Find information about constructing a literature review.”

Overall preference was for the long version.

Second test using software called Treejack. It strips the rest of the site out and just shows navigation menu. Confirmed results from first test.

Mohammed M. AlHamad, Abu Dhabi Polytechnic

Time for improving digital libraries UX through developing new authentication methods

Passive authentication: user doesn’t need to take any other action. Examples: IP authentication, referer link.

Active authentication: prompted to login.

If library resources are too difficult to use, users go to SciHub, Researchgate, etc.

Peer-to-peer content sharing. Springer Nature allows authors to share read-only copies of articles.

Open access articles should be clearly identified.

Some library consortiums have negotiated with publishers to pay a fixed cost for their users based on authors’ charges.

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