11 February 2016

Two roads, one destination - Usability testing discovery layers

My colleagues, Karen Joc and Wendy Abbott, presented our paper at VALA16 today. The paper is a usability study comparing Summon and Primo discovery layers as Bond University Library migrated from Aleph/Summon to Alma/Primo in 2015.

Karen Joc, Peta Hopkins, Jessie Donaghey and Wendy Abbott / Two roads, one destination: a journey of discovery (Melbourne: VALA; 11 February 2016)
Persistent URL: http://www.vala.org.au/vala2016-proceedings/vala2016-session-15-joc

The adoption of resource discovery platforms has been a growing trend in libraries. However, few libraries have reported on the transition from one discovery layer to another, and only a few institutions have discussed two discovery layers available in the same institution at the same time. Bond University Library recently implemented Alma as its library management system, and with this change a new discovery platform, Primo, was implemented to supersede the existing Summon platform. This paper will present the results of a usability study undertaken at Bond University Library in the move from one discovery layer to another.

I will update this post with links to the full text in Bond's repository when it has been uploaded. In the meantime here are some tweets from the session: