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What's In The Library?: Prototyping the Future of Digital Collections

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This is a presentation I gave at Designing for Digital 2016, a conference organized by Electronic Resources & Libraries.

Austin, TX / 6-7 April 2016

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What's In The Library?: Prototyping the Future of Digital Collections

  1. 1. What’s In The Library? Prototyping the future of digital collections Designing for Digital 2016 Jenn Phillips-Bacher / @MrsAudiac Web Manager @wellcomelibrary
  2. 2. SURPRISE!!
  3. 3. 2012 Redesign • Cover-to-cover viewer • Curated editorial content • Catalogue discovery
  4. 4. What went wrong?
  5. 5. “Keyword search is ungenerous: it demands a query, discourages exploration, and withholds more than it provides.” - Mitchell Whitelaw @mtchl
  6. 6. The problem space Week 1 : Scope How much and what is in the library catalogue? Week 2 : Showing the Thing What do you have on Topic X? Week 3 : Context As editors, how can we mix our own editorial content with another content provider, like Wikipedia? Week 4 : Scalability How can we provide context on a large scale?
  7. 7. What we made
  8. 8. Image showing week 1
  9. 9. Monkey years!
  10. 10. Image showing week 2
  11. 11. Big long lists
  12. 12. What difference has it made? • Collection development • Bibliographic description • Library systems • Web development teams
  13. 13. Alpha Testing January 2016
  14. 14. “This doesn’t look like a library website.”
  15. 15. Coming soon: More testing More data
  16. 16. What can your collections tell you about themselves?
  17. 17. THANK YOU! What’s In the Library? http://whatsinthelibrary.com http://whatsinthelibrary.wordpress.com https://alpha.wellcomelibrary.org Mitchell Whitelaw. “Generous Interfaces for Digital Cultural Collections”. Digital Humanities Quarterly (2015). Volume 9 Number 1. http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/9/1/000205/000205. html Jenn Phillips-Bacher / @MrsAudiac / @wellcomelibrary

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