Duke Libraries’ Assessment & User Experience Strategy (AUXS) Department collaborates with library staff and departments to improve users’ experiences with library spaces, services, and web interfaces.
Scope of our work
In active support of the mission of Duke University Libraries, we conduct work in the following broad areas:
Conduct regular qualitative and quantitative assessments, and proactively gather input from users though usability studies, observational studies, discussion groups, and interviews.
- Biennial user satisfaction survey
- Libraries’ Undergraduate Advisory Board and Graduate & Professional Student Advisory Board
- In-depth user studies (e.g., year-long studies of first-generation college students and Black students at Duke).
- External reporting
- Surveys, observational/wayfinding studies, usability studies, and other studies
Lead and develop website and software projects
Develop, lead, and integrate Duke's web platforms, coordinate the governance teams for the Duke Libraries website, and ensure web interfaces provide an optimal user experience in keeping with our Vision and Values.
Lead and support accessibility and privacy efforts
Build expertise, offer advice, and partner on or lead projects related to patron privacy and accessibility, both in person and in our web platforms.
Make improvements & communicate findings
Consult with library staff
Mentor future UX professionals and developers
Coordinate a hands-on, semester-long practicum for MSIS/MSLS to gain experience in academic libraries, user experience, assessment, data processing, software development, and/or project management.
All AUXS staff work both on campus and remotely. Please contact us directly if you'd like to meet in person or virtually.
Interim Head, Assessment & User Experience Strategy Department
DevOps & Applications Developer
Graduate Student User Experience Assistant
Undergraduate Student User Experience Assistant
AUXS formed in 2013 to study and improve users' experiences with all aspects of Duke Libraries. Since 2013, we have expanded our scope to include library assessment and project management, with an emphasis on website and software projects.