Date: Thursday, June 2, 2016
to Location: Wheelock College Earl Center for Learning and Innovation
Parking is nigh impossible. We suggest you take public transportation.
RSVP (space limited): http://www.meetup.com/neasist/events/230669019/
This is the second workshop in our Collection Development series. Jennifer Ferguson will be talking about building collections strategically around Faculty CVs and syllabi, so bring a copy of one or both to work with in this workshop.
Jennifer Ferguson is a Liaison Librarian to the Arts, Humanities, and Careers at Simmons College.
Interested in participating virtually? We’re interested in helping you do that — contact us at email@example.com
Thanks to our UX experts and attendees – both in-person and virtual via our go-to meeting software – yesterday for the great turnout and lively discussions! Here is a link to our event evaluation if you didn’t get a chance to fill it out: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1tyy9CiRbOUHUlrVz162Av3vNRixr1huIf0je1HLZUk0/viewform
There were some handouts shared at the event with useful tips and suggestions on how to do usability testing.
And some folks have asked for the brownie recipe Annie used: http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017852-violet-bakery-rye-brownies
Date: Monday, April 25, 2016
to Location: Faculty & Staff Dining Room right outside of The Fens Cafe in the Simmons College Main College Building.
See who else is going and RSVP : http://www.meetup.com/neasist/events/229817030/
We will have a virtual participation option! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to be a virtual participant.
This is a great opportunity to discuss current trends and best practices with usability experts in an informal setting. Come bring your ideas and questions for our UX experts. Discussion topics will include distance usability testing, flash ethnography, and more!
Topic: Distance Testing
User Experience Lead, IQSS
Elizabeth has an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College. Her usability research mainly focuses on improving open source products for researchers, such as The Dataverse Project, an open source data repository. Her research interests are: discoverability of data, user experience of academic products, and best practices for integrating user experience processes into existing products.
Topic: Flash Ethnography
Deirdre Costello is a Sr. User Experience Researcher at EBSCO Information Services. She is passionate about discovering how technologies fit into users’ lives and their pursuit of information. Deirdre is a librarian, and has a background in research, analysis and writing.
Topic: Building Empathy through User Interviews
Amy Deschenes is the Library User Experience Specialist at Harvard University. In addition to overseeing various user studies in the libraries, she also hosts training workshops with staff on how to conduct usability testing, ethnographic research, and user interviews. During her first year at Harvard she worked to establish the User Research Center, a dedicated space to support user experience research at Harvard. She is the author of the book, “Free Technology for Libraries.” Her website is http://www.amydeschenes.com.
Anna Newman and Regina Raboin!
Anna Newman, who attends the Simmons College School of Library Information Science, is our student travel award winner. She is also currently working part-time as the Research Data Manager Intern at the Harvard Medical School. Regina Raboin is the Associate Director for Library Education and Research at at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Lamar Soutter Library. Both have chosen to attend this year’s ASIS&T RDAP (Research Data Access and Preservation) Summit in Atlanta, Georgia.
We received many impressive applications this year. Anna and Regina demonstrated a compelling case for how their work or scholarship will have a positive impact on the community and each made an exceptionally strong case for how their attendance at RDAP will inform their scholarship and practice.
As is the tradition at NEASIS&T, we will have a summer event to congratulate and to get to know our travel award winners. We will keep you posted on the details.
Application Deadline: Friday, February 19, 2016
Notification of Award Winners: February 26, 2016
About the Awards: Professional and Student
The Association for Information Science & Technology, New England Chapter (NE-ASIS&T) is pleased to announce two awards to support participation in an ASIS&T Summit or Annual Meeting. Our goals are to support scholarship and connect research and practice, bringing new voices to the chapter. The student award (of up to $1000) and the practitioner award ($500) will support your year-long membership in ASIS&T as well as your conference registration and part of your travel costs to Atlanta (for the Information Architecture or Research Data Access and Preservation Summits) or Copenhagen (for the Annual Meeting).
- IA Summit: A Broader Panorama (May 4-8, Atlanta)
- RDAP Summit: Research Data Access and Preservation (May 4-6, Atlanta)
- ASIS&T Annual Meeting: Information Science with Impact: Creating Knowledge, Enhancing Lives through Information & Technology (October 14-18, Copenhagen)
In addition to the conference support, the award provides ASIS&T membership, offering significant benefits:
- Membership in our New England regional chapter
- Mentorship and networking with experienced NE-ASIS&T members
- Opportunities to build professional skills (including project management, budgeting, marketing, etc.)
- Discounted conference registration for ASIS&T and NE-ASIS&T events
- Webinars and discounts on other publications
- A year’s subscription to the Journal of ASIS&T and the Bulletin
Eligibility & Applications
Applicants must be either current graduate students or practitioners in the field of information science at the time of their application. We define information science broadly: librarians, archivists, data/knowledge managers, information architects, web developers, etc., are all encouraged to apply. Applicants do not need to be current NE-ASIS&T members, nor do they need to live or work in Boston. However, award winners are expected to participate (in person or remotely) in NE-ASIS&T programming in 2016-17.
Each applicant must submit a cover sheet and two short personal statements to email@example.com by Friday, February 19th, 2016. The winner will be notified by Friday, February 26th, 2016. The subject line should read “Travel Award Application 2016.”
- Cover sheet including this information
- Applicant’s name
- Phone number
- For students, school affiliation
- For practitioners, professional affiliation
- Two short personal statements
- How will attending the Summit or Annual Meeting inform your current or future professional practice? (150 words)
- In five years, how do you hope your work in information science will have had a positive impact on your community? (500 words for students and 750 words for professionals)
Terms of Awards
Each award winner will be welcomed into our New England regional chapter by participating in events in person (at least once) and remotely. As a travel award winner, you will:
- Meet with a NE-ASIS&T representative at the conference
- Share your conference experience with the NE-ASIS&T chapter
- Participate in a NE-ASIS&T meet-up based on the winners’ professional interests
- Review award applications for the 2017 Travel Awards
- Submit receipts documenting travel- and conference-related expenses, such as registration, airfare, food, and lodging, up to the value of the award
*If a winner is unable to meet all of the terms due to a relocation, NE-ASIS&T should be notified immediately.
Questions? Contact Annie Erdmann at (617) 251-2723, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Steven Anderson and Eben English of the Boston Public Library were facing a good problem. Thousands of new book objects being ingested into their collection, and they needed a browser-based, platform-agnostic interface to allow users to read content online. So, they found four open source tools and started testing.
Check out the slides for details of the study’s design, scope, and methodology, and for hugely useful practical advice — lessons learned — for organizations dipping a toe into the UX pool. My favorite? “Humans are unpredictable.”
Whether you’re testing ebook readers or something else, you’ll find insightful ideas in these slides. Go for it! http://goo.gl/mLCwwa
Chris LaRoche of MIT and UXPA Boston took on the important role of introducing #neasistUX attendees to the basics of user experience fundamentals. This info was so valuable that I immediately resolved to attend more UXPA Boston events — meetups, Saturday workshops, and their annual conference in May.
Check out Chris’s slides! This deck is one-stop shopping for getting started with User Experience. You’ll get industry jargon explained, a big-picture view of how the UX field developed and where it’s going now, and important insights into online pokies user experience in terms of research, design, and evaluation. You’ll also see great resources for deepening your UX knowledge, including the Usability Book of Knowledge and a book on my to-read list, Dan Norman’s The Design of Everyday Things.
If you’re trying to remember the details from the UXPA salary survey (hint: lucrative!), view these slides.
If you’re planning how to sell your administration and stakeholders on investing more in user experience design and testing, view these slides.
If you’re kicking yourself for missing #neasistUX, definitely view these slides!
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Let’s give a GIANT thank you to everyone who helped us start off January with a productive and inspiring conference on user experience design. The New England library community is wasting no time in 2016!
You can look forward to a series of posts providing slides and further discussion of how we can put the best practices of UX design and testing into action at our institutions. Click on the names for more information from these great information professionals who shared their expertise at NEASIST’s 2016 January conference, User Experience Design & Research: UX and You.
- Steven Anderson, Digital Commonwealth & Eben English, Boston Public Library- Usability of Books in Browsers
- Chris LaRoche, Massachusetts Institute of Technology- UX Fundamentals
- Kate Lawrence, EBSCO- Student Researchers: The Reality Show
- Julia Caffrey, Simmons
- Louisa Choy, Wheelock, Card Sorting Handout
- Catherine Dixon, Simmons
- Wenqing Lu, Simmons
- Dorice Moylan, Harvard, Cognitive Mapping
- Meaghan Roper, Wheelock
- Julia Caffrey, Molly Rogers, & Lucy Taylor- EBSCO EDS Usability Report
- Anna Boutin, Catherine Dixon, & Wenqing Lu- Usability Case Study of Northeastern University Digital Repository Service
- Derek Murphy, Farraj Alsaeedi (absent), & Rosa Todaro – Usability Testing of the IQSS Website
Finally, we extend our gratitude and sympathy to two usability experts who couldn’t participate in person, but who nevertheless contributed greatly to the success of this conference.
- Mare Parker-O’Toole, Wheelock
- Rong Tang, Simmons
The New England Chapter of the Association for Information Science & Technology, together with the Simmons College Student Chapter, invite you to join us at our 2016 Winter Event:
UX & You: User Experience Design & Research
Whether you are providing a service for free or for profit, in-person or virtually, your organization’s success depends on the user experience. Our speakers are experts in the field of UX Research and Design. Through them, you’ll learn about the nuts and bolts of usability and user experience while hearing practical examples of usability at work. You’ll also have a chance to experience some real-world UX techniques that you can bring back to your organization.
|When||Wednesday, January 6, 2016, from 8 am to 3pm|
|Where||Simmons College Linda K. Paresky Center, 3rd Floor, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA
Coffee & tea provided
|8:45-9:00am||Welcome & Introductions|
|9:00-10:00am||Rong Tang, Associate Professor, School of Library & Information Science — Simmons College
In this talk, Rong will first present an overview of UX research in terms of its essential characteristics and processes. She will then provide insights into challenges that UX researchers face when carrying out a user study as either a scholarly endeavor or practical project. Following that, Rong will discuss some of key questions and noteworthy trends in UX research. Finally, Rong will pose her own thoughts on a possible paradigmatic shift in user research when UX is embedded in new information environments where user experiences are constantly instantiated and reshaped by the interactive and ubiquitous access, through embodied and collective minds, and surrounded with large scale boundary-less cyber entities or objects.
|10:00-11:00am||Steven Anderson, Digital Repository Developer — Digital Commonwealth
Eben English, Web Services Developer — Boston Public Library
The Boston Public Library (BPL) recently conducted a usability test of online book-reader interfaces to inform the development of Digital Commonwealth (http://digitalcommonwealth.org/), a digital repository featuring collections from a state-wide consortium of Massachusetts cultural heritage institutions. In the study, which was conducted at the Simmons Usability Lab, participants were asked to take several open-source book-viewing applications for a “test drive,” performing basic tasks related to searching and reading digitized book content. This talk will discuss the development and execution of the study, which was undertaken to inform the BPL’s implementation of an open-source e-reading application to provide access to historically significant materials such as manuscripts, town records, legislation, and yearbooks. Topics of particular focus will include: the evolution of the study design, lessons learned from the study process, and how the study ultimately influenced our work at the BPL.
|11:00am-12:00pm||Kate Lawrence, Vice President, User Research — EBSCO Information Services
Today’s students employ diverse search strategies to discover content in support of their studies. With search results serving as the staple of the digital ecosystem, creating that experience hinges on a deep understanding of user needs at that critical juncture. While usage metrics may reveal the user’s clicks, the story behind those choices may remain untold. And as usability testing proves useful in identifying areas for improvement, going off-script to capture user pain points is not always sanctioned. Looking outside the confines of traditional research methods allows capturing the “free-range” insights of today’s researchers. This presentation will feature the experiences of the User Research Team at EBSCO Information Services as they set out to illuminate the true user journey of scholarly research. Attendees will learn what what page designs elicit smiles, smirks, confusion or delight. Learnings from ethnographic studies will be shared, with insights about the complex feelings students have about searching for information and their diverse strategies for evaluating search results.
Please notify us of any dietary restrictions.
Visit exhibits to learn UX activities and techniques that you can apply in your own setting.
|1:45-2:45pm||UX Case Studies Lightning Round
Graduate students from Rong Tang’s Usability and User Experience Research course will be presenting three case studies from their own research.
Simmons College is easily accessed from the MFA stop on the MBTA E Line of the Green Line. Additionally, several MBTA bus routes stop near Simmons, including numbers 8, 19, 39, 47, 60, 65, CT2, and CT3.
Contact the event organizer at email@example.com if you need special accommodations.
We hope to see you there!