Self-­archiving with ease in an institutional repository: microinteractions and the user experience

Author
Betz, Sonya
Hall, Robyn
Faculty Advisor
Date
2015
Keywords
institutional repositories , user experience
Abstract (summary)
Details matter, especially when they can influence whether users engage with a new digital initiative that relies heavily on their support. During the recent development of MacEwan University’s institutional repository, the librarians leading the project wanted to ensure the site would offer users an easy and effective way to deposit their works, in turn helping to ensure the repository’s long-term viability. The following paper discusses their approach to user-testing, applying Dan Saffer’s framework of microinteractions to how faculty members experienced the repository’s self-archiving functionality. It outlines the steps taken to test and refine the self-archiving process, shedding light on how others may apply the concept of microinteractions to better understand a website’s utility and the overall user experience that it delivers.
Publication Information
Betz, S., & Hall, R. (2015). Self-­archiving with ease in an institutional repository: Microinteractions and the user experience. Information Technology and Libraries, 34(3), 43-58. doi: 10.6017/ital.v34i3.5900
Notes
Item Type
Article
Language
English
Rights
Attribution (CC BY)