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User Experience Tools for Beginners

A guide to help you find the right tools for the right situation

Key to symbols

Every tool/method in this guide has been rated according to how time consuming, how expensive, how much knowledge is necessary, and how actively your users will be engaged in the activity.  The ratings will use the following symbols.

clock - fast

Indicates the amount of time an activity takes.

dollar sign

Indicates the relative expense of an activity

plus sign

Indicates level of knowledge necessary

Indicates the level of user engagement

How to Use this Toolbox

If you're anything like we were when we started practicing User Experience (UX) Design, you're not an expert and you have budget, time or other constraints to consider. We put together this toolbox to show librarians who are new to UX that these methods and tools are accessible to beginners. Use the rating system (at left) to determine if a tool will work for you.

Who Are We?

Who We Are

We are two librarians at a small graduate health sciences school who have gradually integrated UX design and research into our services. After two years of using various UX tools and methods, we wanted to package our experience in a way that could help other librarians get started with UX design.  Find out more about us from our home page.