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Top 5 problems with library websites – a review of recent usability studies

Top 5 problems with library websites – a review of recent usability studies

“What are the most common UX problems with academic library websites and library tools?  I looked at 16 studiesconducted over the past two years, and here is what I learned:

1NumberOneInCircleWhat does that mean?  Library jargon

 

2NumberTwoInCircleWhat am I searching?  Understanding search tools

 

128px-3NumberThreeInCircle.svgWhere am I? Getting lost in silos

 

4NumberFourInCircleWhat is it? Understanding bibliographic formats and relationships

 

5NumberFiveInCircleHow do I get it?  Difficulty Finding Full-Text

 

And one bonus problem: 

6NumberSixInCircleWhere is it?  Navigating with tabs”

 

 

Read the details: http://emilysingley.net/top-5-problems-with-library-websites-a-review-of-recent-usability-studies/

Stephen

 

Posted on: November 21, 2014, 6:51 am Category: Uncategorized

Seven Reasons the Flipped Classroom Matters

Seven Reasons the Flipped Classroom Matters

http://blog.cengage.com/seven-reasons-flipped-classroom-matters/

“These principles, and your future flipped class, look like this…

1. Faculty spend less time answering basic questions and more time engaging in activities and discussions that accomplish higher-level learning goals.
2. Students help each other to fill in knowledge gaps using language that makes sense them as peers, and defend their solutions to challenging real-world problems.
3. Structured readings, activities, and discussions enable students to focus more quality time on learning.
4. Students receive consistent feedback during every course meeting and can more readily adapt to achieve success.
5. Students come to class having done the reading, ready to work and become responsible for their own learning.
6. Students spend class time actively and collaboratively solving problems and practicing discipline-specific skills.
7. Working in teams during class enables students to hear alternative viewpoints and bring their individual talents to the discussion.”

Stephen

Posted on: November 21, 2014, 6:38 am Category: Uncategorized

Time spent on IOS and Android Connected Devices

Time spent on IOS and Android Connected Devices

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-future-of-the-mobile-industry-2014-11

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Stephen

Posted on: November 20, 2014, 6:52 am Category: Uncategorized

How to give feedback to the people who take it the worst

How to give feedback to the people who take it the worst

http://mashable.com/2014/10/28/giving-feedback/

Giving constructive feedback is an essential management tool. Hopefully, your employees know this — and when you critique them, understand that it’s because you care enough to want them to do their best.

Unfortunately though, not everyone has perfected the art of taking constructive criticism in stride. Read on for the employees who take it the worst, and how to best reach them.

1. The employee with the emotional response

2. The employee who gets defensive

3. The employee who doesn’t get it”

SEE ALSO: 15 Tips for Getting More Out of Constructive Criticism

Stephen

Posted on: November 20, 2014, 6:29 am Category: Uncategorized

What’s the most cited research paper ever? You’ll be surprised.

What’s the most cited research paper ever? You’ll be surprised.

http://boingboing.net/2014/11/03/most-cited-research.html

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“The most frequently-cited paper, with 305,148 citations, is “Protein measurement with the folin phenol reagent,” by Lowry, Rosebrough, Farr and Randall. Be prepared for excitement!”

Stephen

Posted on: November 20, 2014, 6:26 am Category: Uncategorized

IM Days Ottawa Oct. 18th

I had the opportunity to speak to IM Days – the annual ARMA event that brings together Canadian federal government professionals -IM, IT, Librarians, Archivists, records managers,and more.

Here are my slides:

Stephen

Posted on: November 19, 2014, 7:09 am Category: Uncategorized

Taylor & Francis white paper on social media use in libraries

Taylor & Francis white paper on social media use in libraries

http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/access/white-paper-social-media.pdf

“88% of librarians think that social media will become more important in the future

Do you agree? How has social media impacted your library? Do you think it’s a worthwhile investment of time, or an unnecessary distraction?

To investigate exactly how libraries are using social media today and gain some insight into what the future might hold, Taylor & Francis have released a new white paper which uncovers some interesting discoveries.

While such a high proportion of librarians view social media as becoming an increasingly prevalent form of communication, only a small number are formally managing their output – with only 25% of librarians scheduling posts in advance.

Social media has the potential to facilitate closer relationships between libraries and their patrons, but the way social media tools are selected and used in libraries is ever changing as digital and social climates continue to evolve.

Looking for inspiration on how to develop your library’s social media presence further? Take a look at the new white paper to see how your library’s social media accounts compare to those of the 600 librarians who took part in our research worldwide.

Kind regards,
Jodie Bell
Communications Manager, Library Relations
Taylor & Francis”

32 page PDF

http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/access/white-paper-social-media.pdf

Stephen

Posted on: November 19, 2014, 6:58 am Category: Uncategorized