Performance Improvement 2006. A- NLM Local Legends Usability Test Report Round 1; 11-19-04 & B-Final: NLM Local Legends Usability Test Report Round 2; 5-06-05


The Woman Physician Local Legends (WPLL) Web site was a new resource in 2004, and The National Library of Medicine (NLM) sought to assure that it is highly usable and accessible. The site has been developed in collaboration with Congress and the American Women’s Medical Association Foundation (AMWA). The site represents a collection of interesting physician bibliographies available as a searchable database, includes inspiring video/audio segments and a guest book feature which can serve as a collaboration tool for the nomination process of woman physicians, aiding the general public and those involved in the approval process of nominated candidates. A form-filling feature for congressional staff has also been implemented to enable electronic submissions of congressional nominations. Usability and Accessibility testing was conducted blending Needs Assessment with Focused Outcome Evaluation. A combination of the following evaluation methods was employed: (1) Semi-structured stakeholder interviewing; (2) Heuristic inspection of prototype features; (3) Structured scenario walkthroughs with design prototypes; (4) Pre- and post-usability testing surveys; (5) Analysis of statistical usage/tracking data for the parent Local Legends site; (6) Testing with assistive technology (AT) devices. The evaluation project produced several interface re-designs and additional site functionality. The redesigned site continues to help ensure that users can maintain site orientation and that the site meets or exceeds the US Access Board’s Section 508 Accessibility Compliance Standards. The site can be found at:

PIC ID: 8198; Agency Sponsor: NIH-NLM, National Library of Medicine; Federal Contact: Ma, Wei, 301- 496-8436; Performer: UserWorks, Silver Spring, MD

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