Anderson & English: Usability of Books in Browsers


Steven Anderson and Eben English of the Boston Public Library were facing a good problem. Thousands of new book objects being ingested into their collection, and they needed a browser-based, platform-agnostic interface to allow users to read content online. So, they found four open source tools and started testing.

Check out the slides for details of the study’s design, scope, and methodology, and for hugely useful practical advice — lessons learned — for organizations dipping a toe into the UX pool. My favorite? “Humans are unpredictable.”

Whether you’re testing ebook readers or something else, you’ll find insightful ideas in these slides. Go for it!

Chris LaRoche: UX Fundamentals


Chris LaRoche of MIT and UXPA Boston took on the important role of introducing #neasistUX attendees to the basics of user experience fundamentals. This info was so valuable that I immediately resolved to attend more UXPA Boston events — meetups, Saturday workshops, and their annual conference in May.

Check out Chris’s slides! This deck is one-stop shopping for getting started with User Experience. You’ll get industry jargon explained, a big-picture view of how the UX field developed and where it’s going now, and important insights into online pokies user experience in terms of research, design, and evaluation. You’ll also see great resources for deepening your UX knowledge, including the Usability Book of Knowledge and a book on my to-read list, Dan Norman’s The Design of Everyday Things.

If you’re trying to remember the details from the UXPA salary survey (hint: lucrative!), view these slides.

If you’re planning how to sell your administration and stakeholders on investing more in user experience design and testing, view these slides.

If you’re kicking yourself for missing #neasistUX, definitely view these slides!

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User Experience Design & Research — Conference Roundup


Let’s give a GIANT thank you to everyone who helped us start off January with a productive and inspiring conference on user experience design. The New England library community is wasting no time in 2016!

You can look forward to a series of posts providing slides and further discussion of how we can put the best practices of UX design and testing into action at our institutions. Click on the names for more information from these great information professionals who shared their expertise at NEASIST’s 2016 January conference, User Experience Design & Research: UX and You.




Finally, we extend our gratitude and sympathy to two usability experts who couldn’t participate in person, but who nevertheless contributed greatly to the success of this conference.

  • Mare Parker-O’Toole, Wheelock
  • Rong Tang, Simmons

Slides and video now available — The Spider and the Web


Thanks to everyone who turned out for our 2014 Networking Dinner on the 7th!  It was a great event with a timely presentation on information policy by Bryant University’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. José-Marie Griffiths.  If you were unable to attend, be sure to check out Dr. Griffiths’ presentation, recorded and made available by the WGBH Forum Network:

The Spider and the Web: Can the Information Age survive another 25 years?
José-Marie Griffiths, Ph.D.
slides (PDF)

Have an idea for a presentation topic or meetup?  Consider joining us at one of our monthly program committee meetings!  We are always happy to welcome new members.

We hope to see you again soon.

Speakers’ slides now available — Big Data & You


We now have presentation slides to share from our January event, Big Data & You.  Special thanks to our excellent presenters and moderator, Sands Fish, Bradley Strauss, Christopher Erdmann, and Michael Leach, and to everyone in attendance who made Big Data & You a terrific event!

Speakers’ presentations:

“Knowing in the Age of Networked Knowledge (Sands Fish, Senior Software Engineer–MIT Libraries)

“Is Big Data Bigger than a Bread Box?” (Bradley Strauss, Senior Data Engineer–Chitika)

“New Approaches to Library Data Services from an Astrophysics Perspective” (Chrisotpher Erdmann, Head Librarian–Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)


Going Mobile – Slides Posted


Thank you to everyone who made it to yesterday’s event, and a special thanks to our terrific speakers for your good humor and awesome presentations!

Help us make better events.

Going Mobile Slides

Podcasts from CMS program now available


Content Management Systems for Dummies (or busy smarties looking for fast, simple solutions)

Co-Sponsored by the Simmons Student Chapter of ASIS&T


Part 1

  • Theresa Maturevich (Head of Reference, Bedford Free Public Library) speaks about WordPress
  • Michael Witwicki (Principal, Booyant) speaks about ExpressionEngine

Part 2

  • Steve Sanzo (Director of Marketing and Business Development, Isovera) speaks about Drupal
  • Anna Burke (Manager of Community & Training, Springshare) and Talia Resendes (Community Specialist & Trainer, Springshare) speak about LibGuides

NEASIST award winners and dinner speaker’s slides


The NEASIST Awards Dinner was a lovely affair!  See photos from the dinner on Flickr.

Congratulations to our very deserving awardees:

  • Remlee Green, NEASIST 2011 Chapter Member of the Year
  • Jordan Sly, NEASIST 2011 Chapter Student Member of the Year

If you missed the dinner, the presentation slides of our speaker, Ryan Evans, are now available:

Cater to Your Customer: Adapting User Personas to Social Engagement

Ryan Evans, Director of Experience Design at Corey McPherson Nash and graduate of MIT’s Media Lab

Hope to see you all at an event soon!