Last week I gave two presentations. The first was at the annual City Tech Poster session with my colleague, Prof. Nora Almeida. Our poster examined the learning modalities of students and their design preferences in LibGuides. Using a variety of evaluation methods including paper prototypes, a cognitive walk through, advanced scribbling techniques, and interviews, we developed a LibGuide template to be used on all of our research guides.
I also had a panel presentation with Robin Davis of John Jay College, Mark Eaton of Kingsborough Community College, and Stephen Klein of the CUNY Graduate Center at last week’s CUNY IT Conference. We discussed how we have used (mostly) free and open source technologies to make our library resources accessible to our communities. You can see our presentation here.
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!
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!
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!