I recently attended the Designing for Digital Conference in Austin, Texas this week. The conference focuses on providing librarians with access to usability professionals. Themes revolve around user experience, with presentations and longer workshops. I had the opportunity to conduct a workshop on usability testing specifically for library websites. Continue reading Designing for Digital 2016 Report Back #d4d16
Last week, fellow City Tech librarian Nora Almeida gave a lightning talk presentation on using Instagram for our library at the ACRL/NY Library Marketing and Outreach Interest Group meeting. Many libraries use Instagram for promotion. Continue reading Using Instagram for the Library
Lastweek, I attended my second code4Lib national conference in Philadelphia. I’ve attended a previous code4Lib after winning a diversity scholarship in 2015 (Raleigh, NC). After attending ACRL, ALA Midwinter, LITA Forum and ALA Annual, I have to say that code4Lib is one of my favorite conferences to attend. Continue reading Why code4lib National is My Favorite Conference
I had the opportunity to attend ALA Midwinter as a member of the ALA VRT Notables Committee, we voted on the most notable documentaries of the last year. Here is the list. Besides the great films on the Notables list, I also highly recommend the following docs of 2015: Continue reading ALA Video Roundtable Notable Documentaries of 2015
I presented at the CUNY IT Conference this past Thursday, December 3rd. My presentation examined the history of the Ursula C. Schwerin’s library’s website. I discussed our migration from our shared server to City Tech’s own CIS (Computer Information Services) based server to our final migration to the cloud. I also discussed the use of responsive design and usability test to enhance the website. Continue reading CUNY IT Conference Presentation 2015
The last week has been a whirlwind. I’ve begun the second round of usability testing for the library website. I presented first round results at this past year’s ACRL conference. I’m really interested in seeing how the changes I’ve made to the site are effecting students. The hardest part about testing is scheduling. Thankfully, I was able to acquire research time to conduct testing with students.
In the future, I would like to test the library website using emotional measuring instruments. Craig MacDonald suggested I use the Affect Grid. I had a chance to talk to him after our presentations at the Metro UX SIG last week. I would like to also to test this against our CUNY-wide Primo discovery tool, OneSearch, to see if finding information is frustrating or rewarding for students.
I also had a presentation accepted on the development of the library website for the upcoming CUNY IT Conference. I’m very excited about this opportunity, where I’ll be talking about web developing using Bootstrap and using cloud-based services.
Lastly, a new issue of code4lib Journal is now out. The theme is data, and there are some great articles in this issue!
Just a few quick updates:
There is a new issue of Urban Library Journal available, containing select proceedings from this past year’s LACUNY Institute that focused on privacy in libraries. It was also my first time editing an issue on my own.
The code4Lib 2016 Conference Website is now up and running. Take a look here. This year’s conference will be held in Philadelphia. I’m very excited about serving on the conference’s Website Group. It was great picking up on jekyll.js.
Lastly, I’m going to be speaking at the METRO Library Council’s User Experience User Group on October 14th! I’ll be discussing my book, Usability and the Mobile Web. I’m looking forward to sharing my work with the folks at METRO!