ASIS&T 2013 Annual Meeting 
Montral, Qubec, Canada | November 1-5, 2013

User Experience (UX) Labs: Fostering Innovative Academic Research

Ben Richardson, University of Missouri
Rong Tang, Simmons College
Lu Xiao, University of Western Ontario
Borchuluun Yadamsuren, University of Missouri
Moderator:  Michael Leach, Harvard University 

Monday, 3:30pm


User Experience laboratories (UX labs henceforth) affiliated with Library and Information Science schools support a wide range of academic research by faculty members and graduate students. Though their names vary (e.g., information experience lab, usability lab, Human Computer Interaction lab), these labs serve on the front lines to investigate the impact of shifting information behaviors by implementing innovative methods for conducting usability studies and analysis. This panel, represented by UX lab faculty/staff members affiliated with three different institutions, will focus on describing a variety of research projects conducted in their labs, discussing the benefits and challenges of conducting research, and introducing multiple usability research methods such as heuristic evaluation, portable usability lab for site research, and mobile usability testing methods and tools.