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Guiding Interface Design with Ethnographic Methods. ALA Annual 2013 Usability, the User Experience & Interface Design. The University of Chicago Library . Our Research Project. Model the research practices of UChicago graduate students

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guiding interface design with ethnographic methods

Guiding Interface Design with Ethnographic Methods

ALA Annual 2013

Usability, the User Experience & Interface Design

The University of Chicago Library

our research project
Our Research Project
  • Model the research practices of UChicagograduate students
  • Compare the approaches to research taken by students with the approaches recommended by Librarians
seminar paper topics included
Seminar Paper Topics Included:
  • Depictions of the Holocaust in Film
  • Djinns in Islamic Poetry
  • Hooliganism Crimes in 1950s China
example interview questions
Example Interview Questions
    • What do you anticipate will be the most difficult part of the research?
  • How do you evaluate sources?
  • How have you converted your topic into a searchable phrase or keywords?
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“I think [subject specialists are] this high up and far away kind of person. I don’t know what they are doing in the library. Being Indiana Jones collecting books or something.”

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Thank you!

Full report available at: www.lib.uchicago.edu/gradstudy

David Bietila dbietila@uchicago.edu

Gina Petersen gmpetersen@uchicago.edu