Five Colleges Discovery Committee User Stories Survey – Accepting stories till the end of April 2019.

The Five College Discovery Committee is gathering discovery user stories till the end of April 2019 to inform decisions regarding improvements to EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) and decisions regarding discovery systems in general in support of the move to FOLIO. Please take a few minutes to fill out our user story survey.

Discovery is searching and finding books, journals, articles, or other items in the library catalog or research databases. A discovery interface can search all of these at one time (such as EDS) or individually (such as a catalog).

A user story is a tool typically used in software development in order to build a user centered framework for system requirements. The Discovery Committee is gathering user stories to help us identify the discovery needs of our community, improve our current discovery tools, and to develop future functionality in our discovery systems. User stories are short simple descriptions of a feature told from the perspective of a user. A user story includes the type of user, what they want and why and typically follows the format:

As a < type of user >, I want < to do an activity> so that < I can reach a goal>.

For example:

As a student, I want to find a book on reserve so that I can do my assigned reading.

You can help us and the Five Colleges FOLIO project by contributing your discovery user stories!

We are looking for two types of user stories, stories about what is currently working and/or liked in your current discovery system(s) and what could be improved. You can submit either one or both each time you use the form. A user story can be that of an external user (i.e. student, faculty, or researcher) and/or an internal user (i.e. library staff). It can be a story from your own experience as a user or a story you encounter in your day to day work with your patrons. We encourage you to send as many user stories as you want–the more, the better! Please share this with any students and faculty that you work with, the more user stories from a wide perspective the more we understand discovery needs.

Your input is incredibly helpful!

If you have any questions about this survey please feel free to reach out to me or to the Discovery Committee representative from your institution.