We did a re-organisation of our site a while ago using consultants.
While the Library site was a small component of the overall
institutional site the process was the same. I think it is more than
do-able, indeed often advisable to outsource this kind of testing - the
results end up being better focussed and more empirical (i.e. less
swayed by vested interests) than if you try to do this in-house.
An example of an organisation that does this kind of thing is
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Subject: [CODE4LIB] usability testing in libraries
Has anyone had any experience with outsourcing the usability testing for
big library web projects? My organization just rolled out our first
website redesign in several years and are looking to potentially bring
in a 3rd party for testing. Any insights into anyone's process or
experiences would be much appreciated!
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