[Nfbnet-members-list] Blind and Low-Vision Adults Needed for Research Study on the Usability and Accessibility of Digital Libraries

Blake, Lou Ann LBlake at nfb.org
Sun Jan 31 18:23:57 UTC 2021

The below research participant solicitation is being provided for informational purposes only. The National Federation of the Blind has no involvement in this research, but we believe that it may contribute to our research mission.

Invitation to Participate in Research on Accessibility and Usability of a Digital Library in Mobile Environment

Are you blind or visually impaired and age 18 or more? Do you use iPhone 6S or newer (Also iOS 11 later required) non-visually by using VoiceOver? Do you have at least three years of experience searching for information on the Internet via iPhone? Are you comfortable verbalizing your thoughts in English? Are you willing to install the online meeting software and Library of Congress Digital Collections app (14.7MB)? If your response is yes to all, you can earn $100 gift card for participating in a research study.

A research team comprising blind and sighted scholars at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is investigating the accessibility and usability of a digital library (DL) for users who are blind. The goal is to create digital library design guidelines to design DL in mobile environment that aid blind and visually impaired people in the effective search for information online via iPhone interface.

Volunteers chosen as study participants will be invited to join the study via online Teams meeting. Participants will "think aloud" as they search for specified information using two platforms of a digital library-Mobile web and App. Their search process and verbalizations will be video-recorded and later analyzed to understand how well the mobile interfaces support a blind user's search for information. Participation may take up to three hours at a time convenient to the participant. In addition, participants will be interviewed during and after the searches. The complete study might take about 3 hours. Upon completion of the study, the participant will receive a $100 gift card as a token of appreciation.

If you are interested in participating, or have a question, please contact (email: "Shengang Wang" <shengang at uwm.edu<mailto:shengang at uwm.edu>>). Please reference project title: "Universal Accessibility and Usability of Digital Libraries in the Mobile Environment: Developing design guidelines for blind and visually impaired users (IRB#21.095) in the subject line of the email. Please pass on this information to other suitable candidates who you think may be interested.

Iris Xie, Ph.D.
School of Information Studies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Phone:(414)229-6835 Fax:(414)229-6699

Lou Ann Blake, J.D.
Director of Research Programs, Blindness Initiatives
200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, extension 2221 | lblake at nfb.org<mailto:lblake at nfb.org>

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