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Findability

October 24, 2010

I found an interesting article called “Libraries at the Crossroads of Ubiquitous Computing and the Internet,” written by Peter Morville. (Source: Online (ONLINE), 2005 Nov-Dec; 29(6): 16-21)

This article explains the concept of findability, and provides a list of questions to determine whether a site is optimized for findability, and tips on how to optimize a website. It also brings up the concept of ambient findability, and how it can be applied to the library setting.

The author is a self-proclaimed “findability fanatic” and believes that “Findability precedes usability. In the alphabet and on the Web. You can’t use what you can’t find.” His blog is located here: http://findability.org/ if anyone is interested.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Amanda Heath permalink
    October 25, 2010 8:06 am

    I have actually read Morville’s book Ambient Findability which was an assigned reading in my 202 class taught by Dr. Laura Cheng. And I believe Morville is right about findability coming first. When you consider the potential of “information overload” a website that is not found is useless and totally inaccessible.

  2. October 25, 2010 4:31 pm

    Along the same thread as findability, my 210 reference class is studying LibGuides this week, and we read an article called “Cognitive Load Theory and Library Research Guides” (Little, 2010). The article discusses how LibGuides should function in such a way so as to reduce the “cognitive overload” users feel in this information rich, digital age we are currently experiencing. It’s a good read. Here’s the full cite:

    Little, J. (2010). Cognitive load theory and library research guides. Internet Reference Services Quarterly V. 15 No. 1 (January/March 2010) P. 53-63, 15 no. 1(1), 53-63.

  3. October 26, 2010 7:48 pm

    ^^ Thanks for the link. I’ll definitely look at that article.

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