NE-ASIS&T Travel Awards 2016: 3 Conference Options

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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).

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 erdmann@simmons.edu 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
    • Address
    • Phone number
    • Email
    • 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: erdmann@simmons.edu

 

Anderson & English: Usability of Books in Browsers

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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: UX Fundamentals

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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!

simmons_intro_to_ux_Jan16 (ppt; 1MB)

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!