Testing of Search Engines for Grant Project

I received the following e-mail from Scott Frey on January 29 and am posting it here for those who are interested. If you are interested please contact Scott directly as noted below:

I’ve received a grant from the Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Grant Program to develop a search engine for law-related public domain electronic books (http://www.aallnet.org/news/newsdisplay.asp?nid=146). As part of the project, I’m seeking law librarians and other legal researchers to provide feedback on the search engines’ interfaces and results.

I envision that the initial test in April 2009 would take about 30 minutes, followed by tests of similar length in May, August, September, and potentially October. (I figure that 30 minutes would be sufficient for good testing and feedback, without impinging unduly on people’s busy schedules.) I might call or email some testers for clarification or elaboration of their feedback.

If you’re interested in being a tester, please contact me at sfrey@wsulaw.edu. If you doubt you’ll be available during one or more of the testing times, that’s okay — even one test could be useful. This isn’t a firm commitment; some testers will have to cancel, while others might sign up at the last minute or after testing has started.

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