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Monday, February 26 • 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Different by Design-How Art Librarians are Undertaking User Experience

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In the last decade, user centered design and user experience (UX) practitioners have become increasingly important in the process of creating useful, intuitive interfaces. In libraries, UX work is often left to librarians themselves. In a paper about UX librarians, this session’s moderator Craig MacDonald finds that they “share a user-centered mindset and many common responsibilities covering user research, usability testing, and space/service assessments.” This session will feature presentations from five libraries and museums that have undertaken UX work in the context of designing library websites and tools. From the SVA Library, Phoebe Stein and David Pemberton will discuss the creation of a brand new library website and picture collection database through all stages of design and implementation. Matthew Garklavs from the Bard Graduate Center Library will speak about their experience with creating a customized discovery system using open-source software. Kaitlin Springmier will present her synthesis of research findings, design standards, and Google Analytics to apply UX standards to LibGuides at the University of Chicago. From the Getty Research Institute, Susan Flanagan will talk about their working group’s process for redesigning and testing their Primo discovery layer. Nick Curotto from the Virginia Museum of Fine Art will discuss his role on the institution’s core team redesigning the VMFA’s fine art, rare book, and archive collections on one website.

Phoebe Stein and David Pemberton, “Continuous Design: The SVA Library's Iterative Website”
Matthew Garklavs, “Form ever follows function: Takeaways From Redesigning a Library Discovery System”
Kaitlin Springmier, “The User Isn't Broken: Applying User Experience Design to Library Guides”
Susan Flanagan, “Primo User Interface Redesign Project: From Concept to Launch”
Nick Curotto, “Hard Refresh: Redesigning a Data Driven Collection Search”

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Craig MacDonald

Associate Professor, Pratt Institute
Craig M. MacDonald is an associate professor in the School of Information at Pratt Institute where he directs the Center for Digital Experiences, a User Experience (UX) consultancy and research lab, and serves as the curriculum lead for the MS in Information Experience Design program... Read More →

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Nick Curotto

Cataloging, Systems, & Digital Services Librarian, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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Susan Flanagan

Collection Development Librarian for Electronic Resources, Getty Research Institute
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Matthew Garklavs

Technical Services & Systems Librarian, Bard Graduate Center
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David Pemberton

Instruction/Periodicals, School of Visual Arts
Picture Collections. Magazines. Poetry.

Kaitlin Springmier

Instruction & Learning Assessment Librarian, Sonoma State University
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Phoebe Stein

Digital Services Librarian, School of Visual Arts

Monday February 26, 2018 1:45pm - 3:15pm EST
Hilton: Murray Hill West