Library As Publisher, Part Two: UX and UI for the Library's Digital Collections


About The Webinar

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, Information Sciences and Digital Humanities Librarian, University of Illinois

Event Sessions

Challenges and Opportunities in Customizing Library Repository User Interfaces


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.

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


Salwa Ismail

Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Information Technology
University of California, Berkeley Library

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.

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


Daniel Tracy

Information Sciences and Digital Humanities Librarian
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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.

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