In May 2014, the Pioneer Library System began taking applications for volunteers interested in being Library Alpha Testers. The task for these volunteers was laid out on the application form:
Over the next several months we will be redesigning the PLS main website. We are looking for 10 individuals, from the public in our service area, to help us test various layouts, phrasings, features, etc. as we work on this redesign.
We recruited interested volunteers on our website, Facebook and Twitter profiles. When the application process was complete, we had 34 applicants. We were excited and in awe of the quality of volunteer applications we received.
Once the applications were received, we turned the hard work of selecting 10 Alpha Testers over to a Graduate Intern from the University of Oklahoma School for Library and Information Studies, who has a background in website design and management.