Some things that came up in the UX discussion (well, the third of it I was
in) at the breakout session, about how to get your library to be more open
Several libraries (Duke is one) use Steve Krug <http://www.sensible.com>'s
approach to getting buy-in on usability. They get a bunch of their
coworkers into a room (donut bribes are effective) and have them watch
actual students using their actual digital services--website or whatever.
It's very effective! For more information, read Don't Make Me
Surgery Made Easy <http://www.sensible.com/rsme.html>. It didn't come up in
session, but here's a pretty engaging
by Matthew Reidsma, about UX and this approach.
I apologize for the self promotion, but not all libraries' cultures allow
for the "big public test" approach. Mine ... might, now, but probably
wouldn't have, a couple of years ago. So this process went (is going) a
slightly different way in my library. I used a number of approaches to gain
trust and political capital, but eventually I totally overwhelmed my
coworkers with citations in what, when they can't hear me, I call "a gentle
manifesto"--internally, we call it "the Web Plan." Slides outlining the
tools/approaches/thought process I used and the Web Plan/Manifesto are both
available on ALA Connect <http://connect.ala.org/node/213994>.
One thing our approaches have in common: Steve Krug. Seriously, if you
haven't read *Don't Make Me Think*, please do! Whether you design websites
or not! There's a new edition! It takes less time than a cross-country
plane ride to read--how convenient for those of you at conference! ;)
And there were several other good tools, but I can't brain anymore. Please,
send 'em along!
On Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 9:50 AM, Sean Hannan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> Here is one Sumana mentioned:
> What else is out there?
> - Coral
> Coral Sheldon-Hess