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Library as Publisher: UX and UI for the Library's Digital Collections

Wednesday, March 14, Library as Publisher: Part Two

1:00pm – 2:30pm (EDT)


Library as Publisher: UX and UI for the Library’s Digital Collections

Just how good (or how bad) are the Web-based interfaces encountered by library users these days? Having invested in the creation of significant digital collections, how can libraries enhance usage of those collections? How do scholars and students (especially those working remotely) expect to engage with this content online? What should the interfaces be designed to support? Is there a baseline that has been established? What room exists for innovation in the user experience (UX) and user interface (UI)?


Confirmed Speakers:  Rachel Vacek, Head of Design & Discovery, University of Michigan Library; Salwa Ismail, Department Head of Library Information Technology, Georgetown University; Daniel Tracy, Library Information Science & Digital Humanities Librarian, University of Illinois


Here’s what these speakers will be addressing:


Title: Challenges and Opportunities in Customizing Library Repository User Interfaces


Abstract:  This presentation will dive into the ongoing challenges that academic libraries often face when improving the user experiences of out-of-the-box and open source repositories. Fueling the challenges are the ambiguity and fast-changing nature within the field of digital scholarship and the constant flux of technology platforms and tools. Fortunately, many libraries are paying more attention to users’ motivations and responding by designing user interfaces that support particular formats and contexts. We’ll explore emerging opportunities with repositories in looking at how far libraries should go in providing customizations to balance stakeholder and user needs, and how to plan for users’ ever-shifting expectations.


Title:  A Life Well Lived: Looking Backwards and Forwards and Sideways too: Exploring the Full Lifecycle of Institutional Scholarly Communication at Your Library


Abstract:  This presentation will discuss the entire lifecycle of scholarship from a digital perspective through the lens of an institutional repository (IR). The focus will be on digital curation and creation of digital resources and scholarship by means of an IR using automated workflows, along with publishing content in DigitalGeorgetown (our multi-campus IR and digital collections platform) and integration with our vendor subscribed e-resources.  We’ll discuss open source tools that have been deployed in the creation of packages for upload and will also touch on our streaming services integration for audio and video files.  The presentation will then delve into integration with and into other processes: ORCID, Sherpa-Romeo, embargos and such. The automated integration with workflows for bagging into APTrust (digital preservation repository), will also be shared. Access and discovery which has been enhanced using microtags and integration into discovery platforms such as Summon, which increases the responsiveness in web-scale discovery.


Title: So Many Interfaces, So Little Time: The User Experience of Ebooks in an Academic Context


Abstract:  This talk provides an overview of some recent research into user experience of ebooks in an academic context. In particular, it highlights challenges users face in the context of multiplying interfaces for electronic reading. Users do not necessarily see ebooks as more convenient if platforms fail to fulfill some minimal expectations. However, good platforms for delivery of ebooks can minimize the distance between "using" and "reading" ebooks observed in some research.


To register just for Part Two of this two-part webinar, use this form.


To register for both segments of this two-part webinar and gain access to the recording of the preceding half broadcast on March 7th as well as attend the live broadcast on March 14th, use this form.


Note: Remember that NISO offers a variety of registration options. (NISO Library Standards Alliance (LSA) members automatically receive access to both sessions of this two-part event.  You can check your institutional membership status here.) Non-members of NISO may register for one session or for both at a packaged rate. Access to an archived recording of the event is always included in your registration fee, regardless of membership status.


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