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Library websites of the future


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This presentation highlights current web design trends, agile development methodologies, and current trends in library research, user behaviors, and the implications of Lorcan Dempsey's concept of Inside Out libraries and Full Library Discovery on our users' experiences with our library websites.

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Library websites of the future

  1. 1. @vacekrae Library Websites of the Future Rachel Vacek, Head of Web Services, University of Houston Libraries 2014-2015 President, Library & Information Technology Association SLA Texas Chapter Fall Meeting | 11.13.14
  2. 2. @vacekrae Overview Web design and development trends New library services and trends Library websites of the future
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  7. 7. @vacekrae Web Services department Rachel, Robert, Sean, Keith, J, Chung We specialize in web and software development, user research, usability testing, interaction design, graphic design, system administration, system integration, content strategy, and digital project management.
  8. 8. @vacekrae Web design and development trends
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  10. 10. No more navel gazing! @vacekrae
  11. 11. @vacekrae Design trends Responsive More emphasis on typography jQuery plugins to enhance UX Large and beautiful background images Large and unobtrusive video Scrolling instead of clicking More and larger touch targets Flat, material design Microinteractions Personalized storytelling Personalized user experience Grid style layouts Personal portraits Scalable vector graphics Font customization within CSS Customized image galleries Mega navigation menus Expanding search bars
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  37. 37. @vacekrae Development trends Agile development practices Gradual improvements make it easier to assess and roll back if necessary No more major redesign projects Users don’t like change, so small incremental changes make it less of a shock to the system
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  40. 40. Typically, a fresh design will be a worse design simply because it's new and thus breaks user expectations. A better strategy is to play up familiarity and build on users' existing knowledge of how a system works. -Jakob Neilsen @vacekrae
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  43. 43. @vacekrae New library services and trends Data management services Data visualization services GIS services Social and collaborative citation tools, and bibliometrics Mobile content delivery Enhanced and more accessible scholarly content Electronic publishing Identity management Web-scale discovery tools Cross-institutional systems and development partnerships Multidisciplinary research Liaisons embedded in curriculum and development Capturing and archiving campus digital research outputs
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  50. 50. @vacekrae Social and collaborative research User search behavior and their workflows are changing More tools are being created to help facilitate social research, sharing, and collaboration Linked data and semantic web data enriches discoverability of research and researchers
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  55. 55. @vacekrae Discovery vs. Discoverability Discoverability of more than just content and collections Include people and expertise, research guides, unique collections, exhibits, specialized services Include library website content Include local repositories Integration of materials that are not held by the library, but which are interesting and available to users Integration of potentially available materials to support demand driven acquisition More semantic data about entities and their relationships
  56. 56. ‘Discoverability’ might be interpreted in the context of how well those systems served their users. - Lorcan Dempsey @vacekrae
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  62. 62. Discovery is more than the discovery layer. Discovery often happens elsewhere. Make institutional resources discoverable (inside-out). - Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, Research, and Chief Strategist, OCLC @vacekrae
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  65. 65. @vacekrae Key characteristics and actions Embrace current and upcoming web design trends seen primarily outside libraries Offer more services that support the research process Include more social and collaborative interactions between researchers and institutions Conduct more user testing and contextual inquiries Offer full library discovery, not just content Prepare for linked data Highlight unique digital assets more Make iterative changes, not full-blown redesigns Practice agile development methodologies Strive to create positive user experiences
  66. 66. Connect users to materials and services in their own workflows by making them more familiar, discoverable, modern, usable, desirable @vacekrae
  67. 67. Thanks! @vacekrae Credits Web Design Trends To Look Out For In 2015http://www.elegantthemes. com/blog/resources/web-design-trends-to-look-out-for-in-2015 Bowlby, Raynna; Franklin, Brinley; and Lin, Carolyn A., "Utilizing LibQUAL+® to Identify Best Practices in Academic Research Library Website Design" (2011). UConn Libraries Published Works. Paper 40. Dempsey, Lorcan, Constance Malpas, and Brian Lavoie. 2014. "Collection Directions: The Evolution of Library Collections and Collecting" portal: Libraries and the Academy 14,3 (July): 393-423. directions-preprint-2014.pdf Roger C. Schonfeld and Ross Housewright, Faculty Survey 2009: Key Insights for Libraries, Publishers, and Societies (New York: Ithaka S+R, 2010). Thirteen Ways of Looking at Libraries, Discovery, and the Catalog: Scale, Workflow, Attention attention Varnum, K.J. (2014). “Library Discovery From Ponds to Streams.” In K. J. Varnum (Ed.), The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know: A LITA Guide (pp. 57-65). Chicago, IL: ALA TechSource. Rachel Vacek Head of Web Services University of Houston Libraries @vacekrae
  68. 68. Thanks! Rachel Vacek Head of Web Services University of Houston Libraries @vacekrae @vacekrae More Credits Johnson, L., Adams Becker, S., Estrada, V., and Freeman, A. (2014). NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.http://www.nmc. org/publications/2014-horizon-report-library Web Design: 20 Hottest Trends to Watch Out for in 2014 trends-2014/ Stop Redesigning And Start Tuning Your Site Instead http://www.smashingmagazine. com/2012/05/16/stop-redesigning-start-tuning-your-site/ The Redesign Must Die talk http://louisrosenfeld. com/home/bloug_archive/2008/04/the_redesign_must_die_talk.html Johnson, L., Adams Becker, S., Estrada, V., and Freeman, A. (2014). NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.http://www.nmc. org/publications/2014-horizon-report-library Web Design: 20 Hottest Trends to Watch Out for in 2014 trends-2014/ Thinking about Technology … Differently, by Locan Dempsey