Hello Everyone!

This message is an invitation to participate in the Digital Library Federation Assessment Interest Group’s (DLF AIG) User Experience Working Group in 2017. There is more information about the User Experience (UX) Working Group below, but first, a few words about participating in DLF AIG.

The only requirement for participation in a DLF AIG working group is a willingness to dig in and devote a small part of your time contributing to the tools, methods, and body of knowledge on digital library assessment. Attendance at the DLF forum is not a requirement for participation in any of the working groups. Additionally, if your institution is not a DLF member, you can still 

UX Working Group - What is it? 
UX Working Group [https://wiki.diglib.org/Assessment:User/UXis a subset of the User Studies AIG [https://wiki.diglib.org/Assessment:User_Studies] and previous named Usability Studies Guidelines and Best Practices Working Group. Our group takes a multi-faceted approach to determining the best way to develop guidelines and best practices in user and usability studies related to digital libraries. There are many aspects to user and usability studies, and we welcome others who would like to pursue them. Suggested areas of investigation within the scope of this group includes: identifying users and user behavior, learnability, accessibility, and usability.  As this is a tremendous task, we encourage you to join in the effort, as clarity in this area will save us all a great deal of work, resources and confusion. 

UX Working Group Going Forward in 2017
During the 2016 DLF Forum many ideas, projects, and goals were discussed about where to take the working group into 2017 [http://bit.ly/2iF1mS6]. Many folks vocalized wanting resources, tools and instruments to identify user needs and expectations, conduct usability tests, and user outreach. At our December 2016 meeting the working group met and decided to focus 2017 efforts on identifying users and their needs and expectations. It was decided that our 2017 work would focus on gathering digital library user personas across cultural heritage institutions and building a best practice for personas creation. To take part or help, please add yourself to our Google Group [https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/dlf-aig-ux-working-group] and/or attend our next meeting on Friday, January 27th at 2 PM Eastern (meeting details are located in our Agenda and Meeting Minutes Google Doc http://bit.ly/2i6W3r1) We meet once a month on the 2nd Friday unless otherwise noted in the meeting minutes and our DLF AIG wiki page [http://bit.ly/2iEXO2r]. 

How can you participate in the UX Working Group?
We want your help for deciding how to approach, conduct, and implement our project. Please join our Google Group [https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/dlf-aig-ux-working-group] and/or attend our next meeting on Friday, January 27th at 2 PM Eastern [http://bit.ly/2i6W3r1] if you are interested. We welcome everyone with or without UX experience.

For questions about the DLF AIG UX Working Group, contact Kate Thornhill at [log in to unmask] For questions about the parent DLF Assessment Interest Group, contact the DLF AIG co-leaders, Sara Rubinow [log in to unmask] and Santi Thompson [log in to unmask].

Thank you for your interest in the DLF AIG!

Kate Thornhill
DLF AIG UX Working Group facilitator
[log in to unmask]
@kate_thornhill (twitter)

Kate Thornhill
Repository Community Librarian/Assistant Professor
Curatorial Services
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road - LIB
Portland, Oregon 97239
[log in to unmask]/503-494-8612

Twitter: @OHSUHistColl | Instagram: @ohsuhistcoll

to manage your DLF-ANNOUNCE subscription, visit diglib.org/announce