Your Name and Title: Nicholas Dease, Digital Learning Librarian, Assistant Professor

Library, School, or Organization Name: Pratt Institute Libraries

Co-Presenter Name(s):

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Brooklyn, NY, United States

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Emerging Technology Librarians, Library Technologists, Instructional Designers, User Experience Designers

Short Session Description (one line):

This session will explore what libraries can do to teach research skills using good website interaction design.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

Librarians are well known for teaching research skills and information literacy through one-shot instruction sessions. However, many students begin their research journey long before they ever set foot in a formal instruction session. For these students, the library website must carry the burden of teaching users how to conduct research and navigate library services and resources in context. Sadly, it is frequently the case that library websites lack the features required to teach new users organically. Often, they become barriers to student learning because of poor design, confusing mechanics, and overly complicated user interfaces. Fragmented vendor platforms and digital rights management magnify these issues even further.

This session will explore what libraries can do to address these problems by teaching through good interaction design. The Pratt Institute Libraries is currently in the process of redeveloping its web platform from the ground up. As part of this session, findings from our usability research and testing will be shared as well as a number of recommendations for improving user experience and learning on library web interfaces.

Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:

library.pratt.edu and the development site that will replace it.

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