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User Experience (UX) Design for Libraries (18)

Aaron Schmidt and Amanda Etches

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Learn how to use user-experience design principles, practices and tools in your library website project. UX integrates the disciplines of information architecture, interaction design, interface design, and usability. This concise guide helps you build a strong foundation for your website with attention to the basics, central tenets that guide the authors' thinking. Then, even as you add functionality, users will enjoy the ease of a library website that recognizes what they want to accomplish.

Aaron Schmidt is Principal at Influx: Library Users Experience Consulting. Through his career he has helped libraries connect to community with new media technology and social software. A frequent speaker, he writes the Library Journal column User Experience. Follow Aaron on Twitter: @walkingpaper.

Amanda Etches is head, discovery & access at the University of Guelph Library, where she guides teams and projects focused on improving on the overall library user experience. She also is Principal at Influx: Library Users Experience Consulting. Follow Amanda on Twitter: @etches.

Visit Aaron's and Amanda's blogs for occasional post on user experience in libraries.

Aaron: Walking Paper
Amanda: etc.

See also Influx: Library User Experience Consulting, which includes the One Pager, a free library website template that allows your patrons to find what they want.

Aaron and Amanda talk about the book with Series Editor Ellyssa Kroski.

Table of Contents, Chapter 1, Index

User Experience and Library Websites