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FDsys Feedback Cornwall

FDsys Feedback Cornwall



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FDsys beta testing feedback from Daniel Cornwall, Alaska State Library.
FDsys beta testing feedback from Daniel Cornwall, Alaska State Library.

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FDsys Beta Test Feedback Form
  Name: Daniel Cornwall Organization: Alaska State LibraryPhone: 907-465-1315 E-mail: dan.cornwall@alaska.govDate: January 5, 2009
Overall Comments and Usability Evaluation
 Please complete the questions below, using the 5-point rating scale indicated. Please enter any comments inthe space provided.
Rating Scale
1 - Strongly Disagree
2 - Somewhat Disagree
3 - Neither Agree norDisagree (No Opinion)
4 - Somewhat Agree
5 - Strongly Agree
Specific Comments on Rating
Overall Evaluation
This site is useful to me now,or it will be in the near future
 4It would be much moreuseful with social bookmarking capabilities.
This site was easy to apply tomy specific situation
This site has the capabilities Ineed (note any exceptions)
 2It should be easier todiscover related materialthrough hyperlinking (i.e.same subject, same sponsor,same committee, etc). Youshould have some alertingcapability, preferably RSS.
My general impression of thissite is good (why?)
 4It is nice to be able to searchacross databases.
This site is easy to navigate
There is a consistent andlogical flow to the order of 
FDsys Beta Test Feedback Form – 1/3/2009 Page 1 of 3
screens and steps
This site works as expected(uses standard user interfacefeatures)
Toolbars, menus, commandsand options are appropriate
 2E-mail generatesuniformative messages thatlook like they could bespam.
Labels and terms are accurateand easy to understand
2I think having the descriptiveand authenticity metadata atthe top were confusing toend users.
Error messages clearly directyou to a solution
 3Did not get error message.
Colors, symbols, and graphicsare legible and pleasing
Spelling and grammar arecorrect
The overall appearance is pleasing
Help features are useful
 4Scope coverage of thedifferent collectionsespecially appreciated.
Help materials are written atthe right level for system users
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Were there any functions that did not work? Explain
Were there any functions that did not work as expected? Explain
 The e-mail a record to a friend did not work as expected. When I was done, it did not take me back to therecord I was viewing. I think it should. Additionally, the e-mail contained no information about the documentitself. The e-mail should at minimum contain the title of the document being e-mailed about and ideally havethe same basic metadata that appears in the metadata section of the record. Much like CGP currently works.Please don't go backwards.
Was there anything that you felt was missing? Explain
 After providing feedback in two previous FDSys cycles, I am very disappointed that a "find in a library"feature has still not been implemented. You should be giving the "find in a library" option the same prominence as the "purchase your own copy" option.I'm also surprised that the "purchase your own copy" option doesn't link to the individual item to buy.I'm surprised not to see any subject descriptors in the records for congressional reports and hearings, giventhat they appear in the CGP. Not only should they be available, but they should be hyperlinked like thedescriptors are in WorldCat.I'd really like to have the ability to save searches as an RSS feed.
What did you like/not like about the site?
 LikesI liked the "document in context" feature offered for Federal Register and Presidential documents.I liked the suggested terms when a likely misspelling resulted in zero hits.DislikesThere should be a "Find in a Library" link in every record. "View in CGP" just isn't good enough.The retrieve by citation feature should warn you that it opens a popup window and advise you to turn off your popup blocker.
Suggested improvements:
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