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
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!
Today, I had the opportunity to teach other librarians on how to use the Bootstrap framework. It was a workshop sponsored by the LACUNY Emerging Tech Committee. It was well-received, and I was happy I could discuss what I think is one of the best web development tools out there. Here is the presentation and handout I used.
Ironically, I used Bootstrap for this blog site for a long time, but now I’m experimenting with the new WordPress theme, Twenty Fifteen. It’s as minimalist as Bootstrap and also responsive. That is not to say that Bootstrap isn’t a good framework, but it’s always a good idea to expand your web toolbox!
As part of the travel grant I was awarded, I had to write up a report about attending the recent LITA Forum conference. Below is the essay.
A shout out goes to Christina Harlow who also attended the LITA Forum and provided some excellent live tweets. I highly suggest you follow her on Twitter – @cm_harlow Continue reading LITA Forum Report Back