NEASIS&T Picnic 2016: Competitive Croquet and RDAP Recap

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Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Time: to
Place:  *location change* 25 Park Street — corner of Park Street and Harvard Ave. in Brookline
Public transit: 66 and 65 buses, green line C and D trains.
Parking: two-hour free on-street parking on Part Street and Harvard Ave

RSVP via Meetup.com

Join us for convivial company and competitive croquet at our annual picnic! The program committee will provide the snacks and drinks. The 2016 NEASIST travel award winners will provide brief updates.  YOU will provide the company and conversation! All are welcome — professionals, students, NEASIST members, and nonmembers alike.

Edouard Manet - A Game of Croquet. Two ladies and two gentlemen in Victorian clothing playing a game of croquet. One lady is readying her mallet to hit a ball.
Edouard Manet – A Game of Croquet.

You can also expect compelling communiques from Regina Raboin and Anna Newman, who will have come back from RDAP (Research Data Access and Preservation Summit) with lots of info about research data management and new trends in information science. We’ll also share information about our 2016-2017 programming; this is your chance to weigh in!

LOGISTICS

We’ll be there enjoying the garden from 5:30 onwards. The informal program will begin at 6. Goodwin Garden is behind 11&12 Goodwin Place in Brookline Village, near the Brookline Public Library. There’s easy access by public transit (including the green line D and E trains as well as buses on Washington Street, Harvard Street, and Huntington Ave), and there’s street parking on Washington Street. We have a rain location nearby, but keep your fingers crossed that we can enjoy the garden! Questions? Email neasist@gmail.com.

Building Collections around Faculty CVs and Syllabi

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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 neasist@gmail.com

 

Join NEASIST for our first UX/UI Un-Conference

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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 neasist@gmail.com, 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!

Our experts:

Elizabeth Quigley
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.

Deirdre Costello
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.

Amy Deschenes
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.

User Experience Design & Research — Conference Roundup

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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.

PRESENTATIONS

DEMONSTRATIONS

CASE STUDIES

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

UX & You: User Experience Design & Research

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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
RSVP Eventbrite

Program

8:00-8:45am Registration
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.

12:00-12:45pm Lunch
Provided
Please notify us of any dietary restrictions.
12:30-1:45pm UX Demonstrations
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.
2:45-3:00pm Closing remarks

Getting There

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 neasist@gmail.com if you need special accommodations.

We hope to see you there!

January Meetup on Data Visualization

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Did you attend our conference on data visualization on January 15? Whether you were able to join us or not, we hope you’ll stop by Andala Coffee House on January 22 to discuss applications of visualization techniques in academia and industry.

This event is open to all.  You don’t need to be a member of NEASIST to join us.

When

Thursday, January 22, 2015, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Where

Andala Coffee House, Cambridge, MA

More Information

RSVPs welcome (but not required) at our Meetup site.

See you there!