The public interface [a.k.a. "portal"] committee has one of the most important tasks in WYLD.
Wyoming residents have access to a myriad of resources from library catalogs, licensed electronic resources, digital collections, web pages, etc. Designing an interface that emphasizes awareness, maximizes discovery and ensures relevance for a range of users from elementary school students to sophisticated researchers is a huge challenge. The committee must also acknowledge that many users only want to know if their library has a particular item and if that item is available.
Among the issues to be considered:
- Who are our users?
- How do they seek information?
- What do we include? Should we incorporate public social media?
- How do we insure accessibility for users with disabilities?
- How do we test for ease of use?
- Are there implications for training library staff and the public?
- WYLD Visioning Document - April 2009
- The web services steering committee of the University of Minnesota libraries recently identified five trends that are relevant to the development of interfaces
- Users are discovering relevant resources outside traditional library systems.
- Users expect discovery and delivery to coincide.
- Usage of portable Internet-capable devices is expanding.
- Discovery increasingly happens through recommending.
- Users increasingly rely on emerging nontraditional information objects.
- Although somewhat dated, an article in Educause Quarterly (2001) discusses factors and decisions influencing interface development.
- Brian Greene - firstname.lastname@example.org; WYLD Support Team - Wyoming State Library Interim Chair
- Casey Debus - Casey.Debus@ewc.wy.edu; Eastern Wyoming College
- Jamie Kearley - email@example.com; University of Wyoming
- Cindy Moore - firstname.lastname@example.org; Sweetwater County
- Desiree Saunders - email@example.com; Wyoming State Library, WYLD Support Team
- Elizabeth Thorson - firstname.lastname@example.org; Laramie County Library System
- Byron Tomingas - email@example.com; Teton County Library
- PowerPoint for WLA
- Related Article: "Web-Scale Discovery: A Review of Summon, EBSCO Discovery Service, and WorldCat Local". Rowe, Ronda.
The Charleston Advisor , Volume 12, Number 1, July 2010 , pp. 5-10(6)
- Committee presentation at WLA, Casper WY, September 30th 2010
- Ongoing product reviews with vendors in fall of 2010
- Minutes and other documents will be shared via Google Docs among committee members