When the (Web)master Becomes the Student: Usability Testing in the Classroom

Several months ago, a colleague of mine told me the following words: “You’re not an instruction librarian. . . . but you will be called upon to teach a few (or more) freshmen-level library instruction sessions at the library.” At the time, I didn’t really pay attention. I mean, I am the Web services librarian, not an instruction librarian. I was sure I wouldn’t be asked to teach… at least not a lot. My colleague’s words proved to be more prophetic than I could have imagined, especially at the start of the Fall 2010 semester.