Small changes add up: Improving our Contact Us page

June 9, 2017

I always tell people I never want to do another huge website redesign – I’d much rather iterate instead. Making small improvements one page at a time is easier to do, adds up over time, and is extremely satisfying work. … Continued

Talk to me: Updating chat boxes and buttons

May 18, 2017

A long time ago in a library far, far away… The chat buttons and boxes peppered across the library website have become an integral part of the library’s reference services. Our chat service was created by a former UNC librarian, … Continued

How We Fixed Google Scholar

November 28, 2016

Google Scholar is an amazing search tool. Until it breaks. Google harvested an incredible amount of article metadata & abstracts to power Scholar, and it does an impressive job of linking to freely available copies of articles whenever possible. Unfortunately, … Continued

On-the-fly Usability Testing Findings

July 28, 2016

Back in March, the UX Department had the pleasure of attending an ASERL webinar about on-the-fly usability testing lead by our Duke University Libraries colleague, Emily Daly. In her talk, Emily describes a method for doing quick usability testing on … Continued

Game UX Summit

June 8, 2016

On May 12, the UX department had the pleasure of attending Epic Games’s inaugural Game UX Summit in Durham. It was a day-long event with speakers from academia to international video game companies to mobile gaming. Chad and I were … Continued

Usability Testing on UNC Libraries’ Subject Guides

June 1, 2016

  The UNC Libraries provide access to an overwhelming number and variety of resources. These can be anything from hefty books to databases holding decades of newspaper archives. With all this variety, it’s no wonder that students find research to … Continued

Building an Intranet Navigation Structure

May 21, 2016

Building a navigation structure for librarians is some of the most intimidating work I’ve ever done. The new UNC Libraries staff Intranet will roll out this summer. We’re calling it LOUIS, named after Louis Round Wilson – early 20th century … Continued