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On Monday, NYU Libraries finally went live with a redesign several months in the making. Their user experience team lead by Nadaleen Templeman-Kluit have been chronicling some of the process and it’s been sort of a joy to watch.
I mentioned when I wrote about the University of Indiana Libraries’ redesign that it was during NYU Libraries’ beta that I first noticed this thing I’m calling the “descending hero search pattern.”
This is also the second time I’ve seen this descending hero search pattern. When you engage with the search icon in the menu, the entire search unit either folds-up or descends. In this way the more advanced search options that libraries require can be present on multiple pages, consistently so. …This seems intuitive but the animation is key to staying oriented. … I haven’t thought about this too much to weigh-in with any authority, but I think I’m a fan.
I think I am going to write this up in a post but, tl;dr, regardless what’s actually present in the container, if it’s a uniquely complex search box the main benefit in carrying from page to page will be the consistency and reliability of that tool, rather than shoe-horn a keyword search in a sidebar.
For fun, they have archived the original site. Someone get them a round of beers, stat!
Emergency Alert: Dust Storm Warning in this area until 12:00PM MST. Avoid travel. Check local media - NWS. WTF? Where to even begin with this stupidity? Well, here goes:
- "this area" - what area? In the Bay Area we have earthquakes, wildfires, flash floods, but we don't yet have dust storms. Why does the idiot who composed the message think they know where everyone who will read it is?
- Its 11:44AM Pacific, or 18:44UTC. That's 12:44PM Mountain. Except we're both on daylight savings time. So did the message mean 12:00PM MDT, in which case the message was already 44 minutes too late? Or did the message mean 12:00MST, or 19:00UTC, in which case it had 16 minutes to run? Why send a warning 44 minutes late or use the wrong time zone?
- A dust storm can be dangerous, so giving people 16 minutes (but not -44 minutes) warning could save some lives. Equally, distracting everyone in "this area" who is driving, operating machinery, performing surgery, etc. could cost some lives. Did anyone balance the upsides and downsides of issuing this warning, even assuming it only reached people in "this area"?
- I've written before about the importance and difficulty of modelling correlated failures. Now that essentially every driver is carrying (but hopefully not talking on) a cellphone, the emergency alert system is a way to cause correlated distraction of every driver across the entire nation. Correlated distraction caused by rubbernecking at accidents is a well-known cause of additional accidents. But at least that is localized in space. Who thought that building a system to cause correlated distraction of every driver in the nation was a good idea?
- Who has authority to trigger the distraction? Who did trigger the distraction? Can we get that person fired?
- This is actually the third time the siren has gone off while I'm driving. The previous two were Amber alerts. Don't get me wrong. I think getting drivers to look out for cars that have abducted children is a good idea, and I'm glad to see the overhead signs on freeways used for that purpose. But it isn't a good enough idea to justify the ear-splitting siren and consequent distraction. So I had already followed instructions to disable Amber alerts. I've now also disabled Emergency alerts.
A new version of our UX framework Lucidworks View is ready for download!
View is an extensible search interface designed to work with Fusion, allowing for the deployment of an enterprise-ready search front end with minimal effort. View has been designed to use the power of Fusion query pipelines and signals, and provides essential search capabilities including faceted navigation, typeahead suggestions, and landing page redirects.
- Windows Support: We’ve added a Windows packaged build, you can now run View on Windows
- You can now specify which port View runs on
- Improved performance by minifying builds by default and turning off page change animations
- Introduced developer mode, which allows you to develop with unminified build objects, just npm run start-dev
Lucidworks View 1.3 is available for immediate download at http://lucidworks.com/products/view
From Graham Triggs, VIVO Technical Lead, on behalf of the VIVO team.
Austin, TX The VIVO team is proud to announce that VIVO 1.9 was released on August 8, 2016.
• Full release notes are included below and are also available on the wiki: https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/VIVODOC19x/Release+Notes
guest post by Nick Gross, OITP’s 2016 Google Policy Fellow
Last Friday, the Washington Office of the American Library Association (ALA) hosted a luncheon for the 2016 Google Policy Fellows to discuss ALA’s public policy work. The Google Policy Fellowship gives undergraduate, graduate, and law students (like me) the opportunity to spend the summer working at public interest groups engaged in Internet and technology policy issues. While most organizations are in D.C., others are in Boston, Ottawa, San Francisco, and additional cities around the world.
Other fellows at the lunch included Matt McCoy from Tech Freedom; Lindsay Bembenek of the American Enterprise Institute; Apratim Vidyarthi, who is at the Center for Democracy and Technology; David Morar from the Internet Education Foundation; Cristina Contreras Zamora of the National Hispanic Media Coalition; and Raymond Russell, who is at the Mercatus Center. OITP intern Brian Clark also joined the lunch. They all shared their educational backgrounds, interests, and experiences at their host organizations.
ALA’s Washington staffers Emily Sheketoff, Alan Inouye, Carrie Russell, and Larra Clark shared their policy focus and experience at ALA. In doing so, they explained the importance of information and technology policies to libraries (from copyright to telecommunications and privacy), the underlying principles of libraries, and how ALA’s Washington office strives to advance tech policies that reflect those core principles. In particular, the discussion covered ALA’s past and current efforts to reform policy, including the privacy of library records, Universal Service Fund modernization, Net Neutrality, unlicensed spectrum, internet filtering at libraries, and copyright.
Fellows then had the opportunity to field questions to ALA staffers, which prompted interesting discussions about the privacy of Internet browsing history and encryption efforts at local libraries, broadband investment and competition, E-Rate, cyber-security standards, the Right to be Forgotten, and the growing need for copyright law to reflect our digital age by better protecting users. Given libraries’ prominent position in communities and their mission to serve communities, they can play a vital role in protecting patrons’ privacy, spurring broadband deployment, connecting citizens to information, and – as both content users and creators – helping craft a balanced copyright law.
The luncheon highlighted the importance of public interest organizations, like the ALA, in the technology policy arena. More importantly, it showed attendees how prominent and active the ALA has been and is in shaping forward-looking information and technology policies that benefit individuals all over the U.S. The lunch’s insightful discourse further confirmed that Google Policy Fellows have the knowledge and preparation to debate tech policies in-depth and to make a significant impact on future tech policies.
Although I don’t know how deliberate it was, I think it’s smart to keep the hours above the fold on as many devices as possible. I haven’t written about it before, but I gut-check my impression of a library’s homepage by how quickly I can find its hours. Their presence in general tends to be a basic expectation that, including them, won’t really garner you any bonus points. But the ease with which the library’s hours are found — for someone looking for them — is inversely related to how much frustration is felt.
This is also the second time I’ve seen this descending hero search pattern. When you engage with the search icon in the menu, the entire search unit either folds-up or descends. In this way the more advanced search options that libraries require can be present on multiple pages, consistently so.
I first noticed this when NYU Libraries — who also went live with their redesign today (!) — were beta testing their new site.
This seems intuitive but the animation is key to staying oriented. The immediacy of IU Libraries’ toggle — although it might just be my browser — left me sort of flashbanged.
I haven’t thought about this too much to weigh-in with any authority, but I think I’m a fan.
It seems like something I would do.
I’ve been putting together some information to help a few non-catalogers understand what MarcEdit is an how much it get’s used around the world. Couple of fun stats for 2015 based only on usage information from users that make use of the automated update tool.
2015 Usage Information:
- ~3 million unique program executions (times the program checked for an update [was started])
- 192 unique countries/political regions
- ~18,000 unique/active users
- around 105 print/online citations in 2015 related to MarcEdit (combination of Google Scholar, WOS data – though, this wasn’t rigorously scrubbed for dups)
Where is MarcEdit used?
Each of these points (saved the couple in the US where Google got a little confused with Georgia, Jersey, etc.), represents an individual country with users working with MarcEdit. In 2015, the US represented ~55 percent of the unique usage. That means that 45% of the MarcEdit community is outside of the United States.
I’ve been recently thinking a little about design systems, joined a few channels, signed-up for a couple of newsletters, and picked up a few actual manuals. So I was happy and interested to see that Dan Mall shared a few of his notes on design systems, especially his a-ha moment about material design:
I didn’t quite get the hype about Material Design when it first launched …. It wasn’t until I watched the video about color theory that I heard a little gem I finally could connect with. As the opening line, the narrator says: “There are no wrong colors.” It dawned on me: the beauty of Material Design is that it’s nearly impossible to make a bad design, even—or especially—if you’re not a designer. I realized that it’s the opposite paradigm of the type of design I admire. Dan Mall
Open Knowledge Foundation: Registration to the Open Exchange for Social Change – IODC unconference is now open!
We are excited to announce that registration is open for ‘The Open Exchange for Social Change’. This event has been referred to in the past as ‘The Unconference’ during the flurry of pre-event IOCD Madrid announcements made over the past few weeks. The response has already been amazing on social media, and we have received many inquiries about the event itself.
We decided to name it The Open Exchange for Social Change so we can be open and transparent about our goals for the event The name ‘The Open Exchange’ reflects the guiding principles along with the activities that will take place during in the event. We aim to create space where participants will be able to exchange knowledge, understanding and build solidarity that will lead to better outcomes for IODC and beyond. It is open space where you will be able to propose topics for discussion that are most relevant and urgent for your work.
The theme that we chose for this year is ‘Social Change’. We want to more than just “open data” and reflect on the change we are all passionately involved in. By ‘social’ we mean different and diverse aspects of our lives – from politics, the communities we interact with, to our relationships with the environment, the financial world and even space. We want to explore how open data creates, contributes and supports social change. How do we create positive or negative change and what we should do next? Your ideas and actions will serve as content for the main conference, and help us to set the goals for the IODC roadmap.
To have a successful Open Exchange, we created the ‘Buddy system’. Buddies are participants who take an active role in contributing and shaping the event to assure its smooth running and success. Buddies can do following parts:
- Leading/Facilitating a session
- Supporting new facilitators to run sessions
- Help to document the event and session outcomes
- Making sure that the unconference will feed the main conference by using your social media skills
To support your contribution as a Buddy, we will be providing an online session where we will give an overview of The Open Exchange, and tips on Facilitation.
The lead facilitator of the unconference is Dirk Slater from Fabriders. Dirk has years of experience in facilitating participatory events, and leading successful workshops that focus on civil society and technology, and we are excited to have him on board and share with us the secrets to successful events focused on collaboration.
Anyone who comes to The Open Exchange will be able to facilitate a session. We invite you to register as a buddy ahead of time so that we can prepare and support you as best we can.
If you are interested in joining to The Open Exchange for Social Change, please register to the event in advance on http://open-exchange.net/. You can also find on the site all the information you need about the event. Didn’t find what you are looking for? Write to us on the forum – https://discuss.okfn.org/c/iodc-unconference
Looking forward seeing you on the 4th of October, 9:30 at Centro de convenciones IFEMA NORTE, Madrid!
As the summer winds down, Amanda and Michael reunite to get cracking on the Fall schedule of all things Team LibUX – but first they just need to catch up. Really! It’s been awhile. We chat about carousels, summer redesigns, copyright, and more.
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After a tumultuous two-year relationship, I’m finally at peace with my website. Creating a web portfolio can be a big commitment, but it’s also a great way to take control of your online identity. Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way…
1. Consider Squarespace
During my last semester of library school I started a blog as a course requirement. I wasted hours working with Wix, WordPress, and Tumblr-trying to get the right look and feel. I finally landed on Squarespace and can’t say enough good things about it. Squarespace is ridiculously easy to use and it’s tough to make an ugly website. The options for templates, fonts, and images are streamlined and curated, unlike many other platforms that overwhelm you with hundreds of options. The only downside is the cost. $12/month is a little steep-especially when you’re a student, but I’ve found that it’s worth it to have a low-maintenance platform.
2. Establish Brand Guidelines
When I started creating imagery for my site, I made an executive decision to use a color palette of yellow, black, and white only. Sounds limiting, but it’s saved me from my indecision. I make a lot of my own graphics and I’ve been known to get lost in a Photoshop vortex. Choose your color palette, fonts, and a couple images before you even set foot in a website builder.
3. Decide What to Share
There’s no hard and fast rule for what to include in your personal website. Ultimately it’s up to you to decide what you’re comfortable sharing with the world. I’ve opted out in a lot of ways. For instance, I don’t have my CV or even a real picture of myself on my site. Instead I created an illustration of myself and have included examples of my work and a Google map of libraries where I’ve worked. I like keeping some things off the web, but I also admire people who put it all out there. Case in point, fellow LITA member Brianna Marshall has an incredible website with slide decks, her Twitter feed, blog posts, and lists of projects and publications. Start thinking about where you fall on the spectrum before you start building.
4. Save Everything
Don’t forget to backup any content you create for your website. I save everything in Google Drive and on my computer so that if I decide to switch platforms I can easily access all of my materials.
5. Purchase a Domain (or Don’t)
Once I got a real library job I decided to spend a little more money and purchase a domain without “.squarespace.com” at the end. I like the clean look of my new URL (it looks great on my resume), but I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary, especially if you’re on a tight budget. If you’re on the job hunt, chances are your potential employer is going to Google you before they take the time to type in your URL. Instead of spending the extra dough on a custom domain, consider working with a free domain and driving traffic to your site through Twitter or Facebook.
6. Be Yourself
The tone of my website is very playful (ahem, not academic). When I made the move from public to academic libraries, I started to wonder if my site was inappropriate. Certainly an argument could be made either way, but the whimsy of my site is an honest representation of me. If I were to apply for a position in the future that found my website too playful, I suspect that wouldn’t be a good place for me anyhow. If your site reflects your personality while still looking professional, then don’t be afraid to own it.
Have you designed your own personal website? What have you learned along the way?
DuraSpace News: Thomson Reuters to Provide Institutional Support Services for VIVO as Registered Service Provider
Thomson Reuters will help VIVO users enable collaboration and discovery
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A Fedora User Group Meeting will be held on October 7 in Bern, Switzerland. The event coincides with the iPRES conference and will take place at the University Library of Bern. The agenda will include an update on Fedora 4, presentations from regional Fedora users, and group discussions. If you would like to deliver a short presentation or project update please indicate your interest on the registration form. There is no charge for this event.
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A multi-institutional open-source collaboration building a better way to find and share geospatial data.Package Type: Discovery InterfaceLicense: Apache 2.0 Package Links Production/StableOperating System: Browser/Cross-Platform Releases for GeoBlacklight
- GeoBlacklight - 1.0 27-Jul-2016
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Hydra Connect will take place October 3-6 in Boston, MA. It is a chance for Hydra Project participants to gather in one place at one time, with an emphasis on synchronizing efforts, technical development, plans, and community links. The meeting program is aimed at existing users, managers, and developers and at new folks who may be just "kicking the tires" on Hydra and who want to know more.
From Mike Giarlo: Sufia 7.0.0 has been released after 4 beta releases and 2 release candidates. In addition to the words I wrote below, I’d also highlight the amount of work that has gone into getting from a first beta release to 7.0.0 proper: since beta1 was released on June 3rd, 11 contributors have made 307 commits touching 417 files.
The 7.0.0 release does not include upgrade/migration docs or tools but rather is focused on greenfield adopters. In the meantime, developers at Penn State, Alberta, and the Chemical Heritage Foundation are actively working on migrations, so those of you running Sufia 6.x who are eager to upgrade to 7.x… stay tuned!
The top priority for the next release will be exposing in the UI the ability to create arbitrarily nested works, and I’m happy to share that that feature is nearly ready thanks to the dedicated team at Oregon State University.
Thanks again, everyone, for all you’ve done to make this release what it is!