Thanks for the discussion.
As a side note, there may be helpful resources within your institution,
like the Scholarly Commons here at UIUC Library. We provide an office
space with windows and os x software that support usability testing,
Graduate Assistant, Scholarly Commons
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
On Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 10:00 AM, craig boman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi Andrew,
> At our small university, our usability librarian has the dual function in
> library assessment. Because of this, the position falls under our reference
> department in our organizational chart. The person also teaches some
> reference classes.
> All the best,
> Craig Boman
> Craig Boman, MLIS
> Applications Support Specialist
> University of Dayton Libraries
> [log in to unmask]
> On Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 10:24 AM, Haines, Anne <[log in to unmask]>
> > In addition to the team that Mark describes, the IUB Libraries' Discovery
> > & Research Services Department - which is part of public services, not
> IT -
> > has several positions with significant UX responsibilities. We're
> > hiring for a Discovery User Experience librarian to manage UX for our
> > discovery tools & services, and my position - Web Content Specialist - is
> > responsible for content strategy on the Libraries' website (although not
> > the catalog, digital projects, etc.).
> > We're in the process of migrating to a shiny new Drupal site, btw, so
> > don't look at our current (ancient!) site and wonder where we hid the
> > content strategy. :)
> > While it's fantastic to have a dedicated usability or UX librarian, I
> > think it's also good to have more than one position with UX
> > responsibilities written into the job description - less likely that way
> > have one lonely usability voice crying out in the wilderness and so on.
> > course that depends on the size and culture of the library. The important
> > part is to have it written into the job description, not just as part of
> > committee assignment.
> > -Anne
> > Anne Haines
> > Web Content Specialist
> > IUB Libraries, Discovery & Research Services
> > Herman B Wells Library W501
> > 1320 E. Tenth St. | Bloomington, IN 47405
> > [log in to unmask]
> > 812-855-0103
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
> > Notess, Mark
> > Sent: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 2:16 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Usability Person?
> > We are spinning up a UX team at IU Bloomington Libraries-below is the
> > current opening for the initial hire. More are anticipated. As library
> > collections and services move increasingly online, we need to invest in
> > kind of staffing needed to create successful online experiences.
> > We did formerly have a usability specialist, but we haven't had a
> > dedicated team. The team will provide internal consulting to technology
> > projects.
> > Mark
> > --
> > Mark Notess
> > Head, User Experience and Digital Media Services Library Technologies
> > Indiana University Bloomington Libraries
> > +1.812.856.0494
> > [log in to unmask]
> > --
> > User Experience Designer
> > Rank: PAE-3IT
> > Position#: 00039047
> > List #: 9631
> > FTE: 100%
> > Job Summary: Provides interaction design consulting services to key
> > technology-based projects. Works with stakeholders across IU Bloomington
> > Libraries' departments to understand requirements in order to design
> > web-based user interfaces, mobile user interfaces, and online visual
> > elements. Performs usability testing and ensures accessibility of
> > Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in a user experience discipline such as
> > human-computer interaction design, interaction design, or related field
> > two years of experience in interface and visual design (as demonstrated
> > a portfolio) or a related professional position required.
> > An equivalent combination of related education, training, and experience
> > from which comparable skills can be acquired may be considered at a 2:1
> > ratio.
> > Experience with interaction design, visual design, web design, mobile
> > design; demonstrated experience with the relevant interaction and visual
> > design tools (Adobe Creative Suite or equivalent); and demonstrated
> > interpersonal communication skills.
> > Knowledge of and experience with academic libraries or higher education
> > work environments preferred.
> > Note: Submit a letter of interest and resume that provides evidence of
> > qualifications outlined and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of at
> > least three references that can comment about your qualifications for the
> > position.
> > ________________________________________
> > Indiana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
> > committed to excellence through diversity. Indiana University has a
> > commitment to principles of diversity and in that spirit seeks a broad
> > spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, and persons with
> > disabilities. Indiana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
> > Employer and encourages applications from candidates with diverse
> > backgrounds.
> > For more information about Indiana University-Bloomington go to
> > www.iub.edu <http://www.iub.edu/>.
> > To browse other open staff positions at Indiana University, please go to
> > https://jobs.iu.edu <https://jobs.iu.edu/>
> > On 10/30/13 11:24 AM, "Andrew Darby" <[log in to unmask]<mailto:
> > [log in to unmask]>> wrote:
> > Hello, all. This is perhaps a bit off-topic, but I was wondering how
> > of you have a dedicated usability person as part of your development
> > Right now, we have a sort of ad hoc Usability Team, and I'd like to make
> > pitch for hiring someone who will have the time and inclination to manage
> > this effort more effectively.
> > Anything you'd care to share (on-list or off-) would be welcome. I'm
> > especially curious about whether or not this is a full-time
> > for someone in your organization or if it's shared with another job
> > function; if you find this position is working out well or you wish you'd
> > spent the money on more robots instead; where this person resides in your
> > org chart; what sort of qualifications you looked for when hiring; etc.
> > Thanks,
> > Andrew
> > --
> > Andrew Darby
> > Head, Web & Emerging Technologies
> > University of Miami Libraries