UX & You: User Experience Design & Research

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The New England Chapter of the Association for Information Science & Technology, together with the Simmons College Student Chapter, invite you to join us at our 2016 Winter Event:

UX & You: User Experience Design & Research

Whether you are providing a service for free or for profit, in-person or virtually, your organization’s success depends on the user experience. Our speakers are experts in the field of UX Research and Design. Through them, you’ll learn about the nuts and bolts of usability and user experience while hearing practical examples of usability at work. You’ll also have a chance to experience some real-world UX techniques that you can bring back to your organization.

When Wednesday, January 6, 2016, from 8 am to 3pm
Where Simmons College Linda K. Paresky Center, 3rd Floor, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA
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Program

8:00-8:45am Registration
Coffee & tea provided
8:45-9:00am Welcome & Introductions
9:00-10:00am Rong Tang, Associate Professor, School of Library & Information Science — Simmons College
In this talk, Rong will first present an overview of UX research in terms of its essential characteristics and processes. She will then provide insights into challenges that UX researchers face when carrying out a user study as either a scholarly endeavor or practical project. Following that, Rong will discuss some of key questions and noteworthy trends in UX research. Finally, Rong will pose her own thoughts on a possible paradigmatic shift in user research when UX is embedded in new information environments where user experiences are constantly instantiated and reshaped by the interactive and ubiquitous access, through embodied and collective minds, and surrounded with large scale boundary-less cyber entities or objects.
10:00-11:00am Steven Anderson, Digital Repository Developer — Digital Commonwealth

Eben English, Web Services Developer — Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library (BPL) recently conducted a usability test of online book-reader interfaces to inform the development of Digital Commonwealth (http://digitalcommonwealth.org/), a digital repository featuring collections from a state-wide consortium of Massachusetts cultural heritage institutions. In the study, which was conducted at the Simmons Usability Lab, participants were asked to take several open-source book-viewing applications for a “test drive,” performing basic tasks related to searching and reading digitized book content. This talk will discuss the development and execution of the study, which was undertaken to inform the BPL’s implementation of an open-source e-reading application to provide access to historically significant materials such as manuscripts, town records, legislation, and yearbooks. Topics of particular focus will include: the evolution of the study design, lessons learned from the study process, and how the study ultimately influenced our work at the BPL.

11:00am-12:00pm Kate Lawrence, Vice President, User Research — EBSCO Information Services

Today’s students employ diverse search strategies to discover content in support of their studies. With search results serving as the staple of the digital ecosystem, creating that experience hinges on a deep understanding of user needs at that critical juncture. While usage metrics may reveal the user’s clicks, the story behind those choices may remain untold. And as usability testing proves useful in identifying areas for improvement, going off-script to capture user pain points is not always sanctioned. Looking outside the confines of traditional research methods allows capturing the “free-range” insights of today’s researchers. This presentation will feature the experiences of the User Research Team at EBSCO Information Services as they set out to illuminate the true user journey of scholarly research. Attendees will learn what what page designs elicit smiles, smirks, confusion or delight. Learnings from ethnographic studies will be shared, with insights about the complex feelings students have about searching for information and their diverse strategies for evaluating search results.

12:00-12:45pm Lunch
Provided
Please notify us of any dietary restrictions.
12:30-1:45pm UX Demonstrations
Visit exhibits to learn UX activities and techniques that you can apply in your own setting.
1:45-2:45pm UX Case Studies Lightning Round
Graduate students from Rong Tang’s Usability and User Experience Research course will be presenting three case studies from their own research.
2:45-3:00pm Closing remarks

Getting There

Simmons College is easily accessed from the MFA stop on the MBTA E Line of the Green Line. Additionally, several MBTA bus routes stop near Simmons, including numbers 8, 19, 39, 47, 60, 65, CT2, and CT3.

Contact the event organizer at neasist@gmail.com if you need special accommodations.

We hope to see you there!

Join us on June 25th

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You are invited to NEASIST’s June Meetup, Meet and greet and eat (nachos), happening next Wednesday, June 25th, at 6pm at Champion’s in Kendall Square.

Join members of the Program Committee as we brainstorm topics, speakers,
activities and events for the coming year.  We’ll buy the nachos, you bring
the bright ideas!  Are you wondering what we have in mind?  Take a look at our recent brainstorm.  Which of these topics would you like to see
hosted as NEASIST events?  What ideas do you have that we have missed?  We
welcome your suggestions.

This event is open to all–you don’t need to be a member of ASIS&T to join
us. The only requirement is that you be excited about connecting with
others in the local information science community!

We hope to see you there!

Beata Panagopoulos wins this year’s Watson-Davis Award

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Beata Panagopoulos, NEASIST Program Committee member, has won the 2013 ASIS&T Watson-Davis Award.  The award, commemorating the founder of the Society, recognizes an individual member of the Society who has shown continuous dedicated service to the membership through active participation in and support of ASIS&T programs, chapters, SIGs, committees, and publications.

Congratulations, Beata!

Spring Event: So You Want to Publish an Ebook? Tools, Standards, & Metadata for Creation and Innovation!

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Thanks for attending! Slides from the event are available via the links below:

When: Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 8:15am to 1:00pm

Where: Simmons College, School of Management, Room M501, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA

Registrationhttp://neasist-ebooks.eventbrite.com/

Digitally publishing your own work is powerful and empowering.  Surprisingly, creating ebooks with text, images, audio and hyperlinks is neither complicated nor expensive.  By using EPUB, anyone can create an ebook, from elementary school students to university instructors.

Come hear about an exciting project on open-source online textbook creation, a discussion about the latest EPUB standard which supports wildly innovative e-publishing capabilities, and a demonstration of open-source publishing tools you can use to publish your own creative content.

Program
“Open-Source Online Textbooks”
Speaker: Dustin A. Lewis, H20 Project Manager and Technical Lead
Dustin will introduce us to a new suite of online classroom tools called H2O, developed and provided by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society in collaboration with the Harvard Law School Library. H2O allows professors to freely develop, remix, and share online textbooks under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License.

“Shifting Forward in Digital Publishing: EPUB 3”
Speaker: Nettie Lagace, Associate Director of Programs at NISO
Nettie will provide an overview of EPUB 3, a standard which, while tightly integrated to Web standards, also offers many innovations, including support for rich media, interactivity, global language support, and styling and layout enhancements. EPUB 3 advances capabilities for better accessibility and more and richer metadata, thereby improving discoverability and the user experience.

“Creating Ebooks Using Open-Source Tools”
Speaker: Karie Kirkpatrick, Journals Technology Specialist at The MIT Press
Karie will provide an overview of open-source tools that you can use to convert your PDF or Word document into an ebook—either as an EPUB file or as a Kindle (MOBI) file. This presentation will focus on the PDFMasher conversion tool, the Sigil EPUB interface, and the Calibre ebook management tool.

Agenda

8:15am – 9:00am Registration/Light Breakfast
9:00am – 9:15am Welcome/Introduction
9:15am – 10:00am Dustin A. Lewis
10:00am – 10:45am Nettie Lagace
10:45am – 11:00am Break
11:00am – 11:45am Karie Kirkpatrick
11:45am – 12:30pm Panel Discussion

January Event – The Book as iPad App: iBooks Author

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The Book as iPad App: iBooks Author

Slides from the event are now available via Slideshare

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The event is free, but registration is required.

When: Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 5:30pm-7pm (EST)

Where: MIT Pappalardo Room (Bldg 4-349)  find it on MIT MAP

What: 5:30-6pm: Refreshments & networking, 6-7pm: Guest speaker, Nicole Hennig

Register at: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5113622984#

iBooks Author is a free ebook authoring tool by Apple that runs on the Mac platform. It enables easy creation of interactive ebooks that can be sold or offered for free through Apple’s iBooks store. It also allows for exporting non-interactive PDF versions that can be sold anywhere. The interactive ebooks will run on iPads and can include embedded multimedia, such as slide shows, movies, quizzes, 3D images, embedded math formulas, and more.

In this informal talk, we’ll look at examples of some titles created with this tool, show the interface and how it works, and discuss why this is of interest to those looking to create interactive books.

Hope to see you there!

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Summer Meet-up: Sharing on Data Visualization

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When:
Thursday, August 16, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Where:
Uno’s Pizzeria (lower level)
22 JFK Street (Harv. Square)
Cambridge, MA

What:
All Things Data Visualization

Data Visualization is a method of presenting information in a graphical form. Good data visualization should appear as if it is a work of art. This intrigues the viewer and draws them in so that they can further investigate the data and info that the graphic represents.

Come learn more about what folks are doing to make data more interesting.  Come share what you have been doing with your old line graphs.  Bring your ipad or other devices – as the restaurant is wired for us to share.

Check out these links for points of discussion:

2012 Annual Awards Banquet: Register now

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Announcing the NEASIST 2012 Annual Awards Banquet

Date: Wed., May 23

Time: 6 to 9 p.m.

Place: MIT Faculty Club, Cambridge, Mass. Directions & Parking

Schedule:

6:00-6:30 Cocktails & light hors d’oeuvres
6:30-7:45 Dinner
7:45-9:00 Award presentations followed by speaker, Dr. Andrew Dillon

Eventbrite - NEASIST 2012 Annual Awards Dinner

NEASIST welcomes ASIS&T President-Elect, Dr. Andrew Dillon.

The title of the talk is BEYOND THE TRADITIONAL:PREPARING FOR TRANSITIONS IN THE LIBRARY & INFORMATION PROFESSION

Andrew Dillon, Ph.D.Andrew Dillon is the Dean and Louis T. Yule Professor of Information Science at the School of Information, University of Texas at Austin where he also holds appointments in Psychology and Information Risk & Operations Management.  Andrew has been an active researcher of the human response to information technology for the last 20 years.  Defying professional categorization, he has held appointments in departments or schools of cognitive science, computer science, psychology, instructional systems technology, management information systems, library and information science, and informatics. Having published more than 100 articles and books on various aspects of human information behavior and design, Andrew serves or has served on the editorial boards of many leading journals such as the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Interacting with Computers, the Journal of Documentation, and the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.  He advocates a view of information science as a means of accelerating discovery and shaping a more democratic world.

Eventbrite - NEASIST 2012 Annual Awards Dinner