UX/UI Unconference Handouts

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Thanks to our UX experts and attendees – both in-person and virtual via our go-to meeting software – yesterday for the great turnout and lively discussions!   Here is a link to our event evaluation if you didn’t get a chance to fill it out:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1tyy9CiRbOUHUlrVz162Av3vNRixr1huIf0je1HLZUk0/viewform

There were some handouts shared at the event with useful tips and suggestions on how to do usability testing.

Remote & Moderated Usability Testing Method
Interviewing Users

And some folks have asked for the brownie recipe Annie used:  http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017852-violet-bakery-rye-brownies

Join NEASIST for our first UX/UI Un-Conference

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Date: Monday, April 25, 2016
to Location: Faculty & Staff Dining Room right outside of The Fens Cafe in the Simmons College Main College Building.
See who else is going and RSVP : http://www.meetup.com/neasist/events/229817030/
We will have a virtual participation option! Please email neasist@gmail.com, if you would like to be a virtual participant.

This is a great opportunity to discuss current trends and best practices with usability experts in an informal setting. Come bring your ideas and questions for our UX experts. Discussion topics will include distance usability testing, flash ethnography, and more!

Our experts:

Elizabeth Quigley
Topic: Distance Testing
User Experience Lead, IQSS
Elizabeth has an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College. Her usability research mainly focuses on improving open source products for researchers, such as The Dataverse Project, an open source data repository. Her research interests are: discoverability of data, user experience of academic products, and best practices for integrating user experience processes into existing products.

Deirdre Costello
Topic: Flash Ethnography
Deirdre Costello is a Sr. User Experience Researcher at EBSCO Information Services. She is passionate about discovering how technologies fit into users’ lives and their pursuit of information. Deirdre is a librarian, and has a background in research, analysis and writing.

Amy Deschenes
Topic: Building Empathy through User Interviews
Amy Deschenes is the Library User Experience Specialist at Harvard University. In addition to overseeing various user studies in the libraries, she also hosts training workshops with staff on how to conduct usability testing, ethnographic research, and user interviews. During her first year at Harvard she worked to establish the User Research Center, a dedicated space to support user experience research at Harvard. She is the author of the book, “Free Technology for Libraries.” Her website is http://www.amydeschenes.com.

And our 2016 NEASIS&T Travel Award Winners are…

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Anna Newman and Regina Raboin!

Anna Newman, who attends the Simmons College School of Library Information Science, is our student travel award winner.  She is also currently working part-time as the Research Data Manager Intern at the Harvard Medical School.  Regina Raboin is the Associate Director for Library Education and Research at at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Lamar Soutter Library.   Both have chosen to attend this year’s ASIS&T RDAP (Research Data Access and Preservation) Summit in Atlanta, Georgia.

We received many impressive applications this year.  Anna and Regina demonstrated a compelling case for how their work or scholarship will have a positive impact on the community and each made an exceptionally strong case for how their attendance at RDAP will inform their scholarship and practice.

As is the tradition at NEASIS&T, we will have a summer event to congratulate and to get to know our travel award winners.  We will keep you posted on the details.

NE-ASIS&T Travel Awards 2016: 3 Conference Options

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Application Deadline: Friday, February 19, 2016
Notification of Award Winners: February 26, 2016

About the Awards: Professional and Student

The Association for Information Science & Technology, New England Chapter (NE-ASIS&T) is pleased to announce two awards to support participation in an ASIS&T Summit or Annual Meeting. Our goals are to support scholarship and connect research and practice, bringing new voices to the chapter. The student award (of up to $1000) and the practitioner award ($500) will support your year-long membership in ASIS&T as well as your conference registration and part of your travel costs to Atlanta (for the Information Architecture or Research Data Access and Preservation Summits) or Copenhagen (for the Annual Meeting).

In addition to the conference support, the award provides ASIS&T membership, offering significant benefits:

  • Membership in our New England regional chapter
    • Mentorship and networking with experienced NE-ASIS&T members
    • Opportunities to build professional skills (including project management, budgeting, marketing, etc.)
  • Discounted conference registration for ASIS&T and NE-ASIS&T events
  • Webinars and discounts on other publications
  • A year’s subscription to the Journal of ASIS&T and the Bulletin

Eligibility & Applications

Applicants must be either current graduate students or practitioners in the field of information science at the time of their application. We define information science broadly: librarians, archivists, data/knowledge managers, information architects, web developers, etc., are all encouraged to apply. Applicants do not need to be current NE-ASIS&T members, nor do they need to live or work in Boston. However, award winners are expected to participate (in person or remotely) in NE-ASIS&T programming in 2016-17.

Each applicant must submit a cover sheet and two short personal statements to erdmann@simmons.edu by Friday, February 19th, 2016. The winner will be notified by Friday, February 26th, 2016.  The subject line should read “Travel Award Application 2016.”

  • Cover sheet including this information
    • Applicant’s name
    • Address
    • Phone number
    • Email
    • For students, school affiliation
    • For practitioners, professional affiliation
  • Two short personal statements
    • How will attending the Summit or Annual Meeting inform your current or future professional practice? (150 words)
    • In five years, how do you hope your work in information science will have had a positive impact on your community? (500 words for students and 750 words for professionals)

Terms of Awards

Each award winner will be welcomed into our New England regional chapter by participating in events in person (at least once) and remotely. As a travel award winner, you will:

  • Meet with a NE-ASIS&T representative at the conference
  • Share your conference experience with the NE-ASIS&T chapter
  • Participate in a NE-ASIS&T meet-up based on the winners’ professional interests
  • Review award applications for the 2017 Travel Awards
  • Submit receipts documenting travel- and conference-related expenses, such as registration, airfare, food, and lodging, up to the value of the award

*If a winner is unable to meet all of the terms due to a relocation, NE-ASIS&T should be notified immediately.

Questions? Contact Annie Erdmann at (617) 251-2723, e-mail: erdmann@simmons.edu