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NISO Virtual Conference, The Impact of the Interface: Traditional and Non Traditional Content

Rob Sanderson of the J. Paul Getty Trust tweeted in 2018 that “The interface /is/ the application, regardless of the technology. Building better interfaces is building a better world.” What are the implications of that for both library and vendor communities? Data sets, open educational resources, video and audio files are part and parcel of academic activity. Such output may be properly housed on institutional servers but is the associated metadata for those materials sufficient to enable reuse by others in the long-term? What might libraries need to do to better support discovery and reuse of research output that has not been (or may never be) fully integrated with more traditional publication formats? What elements (descriptive or otherwise) might need to be included in order for users to understand the potential reuse of the material? And at the same time, is it reasonable to expect a single interface to satisfy the diverse needs of the domain expert, the interdisciplinary scholar, as well as the undergraduate just beginning to explore? How complex can a useful interface be? Is it possible to reverse devotion to the single search box? It’s time to talk about design and use of a service’s native interface!

Allen Jones

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Director, Digital Library & Technical Services - The New School

Andrew Nagy

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Director of Software Innovation, EBSCO Information Services

Andrew Nagy is the Director of Software Innovation at EBSCO Information Services. In this role, Nagy works directly with libraries to help support the evolution and development of the open source FOLIO Library Services Platform and the entire EBSCO SaaS portfolio. Prior to joining EBSCO, Nagy was one of the initial developers of Summon and eventually became the Product Owner and the Lead Product Manager for Discovery at ProQuest. Earlier, Nagy was a Technology Development Specialist at Villanova University where he founded and launched the open source discovery tool VuFind. Nagy has a B.S. in Information Management and Technology from Syracuse University, and both a Master of Science in Computer Science and Master of Technology Management from Villanova University.

Dylan Burns

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Arts and Humanities Librarian, University of Washington

Dylan Burns is a Cinema, Media Studies, and Music Librarian at the University of Washington in Seattle. For the previous three years, he served a Digital Scholarship Librarian at Utah State University. His work crosses interdisciplinary and pedagogical boundaries as he seeks to foster digital scholarship and digital pedagogy in his daily liaison work. He has designed coursework for podcasting, digital humanities, digital storytelling, and digital exhibits in humanities disciplines across campus. His research focuses on open access publishing, open educational resources in tenure, the future of the library career, digital humanities and the library, and digital library terminologies and usability.

Elizabeth German

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Assistant Professor and Service Design Librarian, University Libraries, Texas A&M University

Elizabeth German is an assistant professor and the Service Design Librarian at the Texas A&M University Libraries where she works to create high quality research and learning experiences for the Texas A & M community. Her areas of expertise and research include user experience, universal design, transaction log analysis, and project management.

Julia Caffrey-Hill

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Web Services Librarian, Towson University

Julia Caffrey-Hill is the Web Services Librarian at Towson University. She received her M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons University in 2016 and has a background in cultural anthropology and ethnographic research methods. At her first year at Towson University, she completely redesigned the library website with accessibility and usability in mind. She manages the technical infrastructure of the website and leads initiatives for ongoing web design and development. She provides leadership and consultation on digital inclusion, accessibility, and user experience. She conducts usability testing to plan incremental improvements. She currently serves as co-chair for the Towson University Accessibility Special Interest Group. She enjoys coding to Beyoncé and John Williams.

Marydee Ojala

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Editor In Chief, Online Searcher, Information Today

Marydee Ojala edits Online Searcher magazine, plans programs for international library and information technology conferences, and writes extensively about research topics. Having worked in corporate, academic and public libraries, she brings a broad perspective to issues facing today’s information professional. She has taught at three different library schools and her experience as an independent researcher and owner of her own research and writing company gives her hands-on knowledge of online research tools. A long-time observer of the global information industry, she believes in the importance of libraries and librarians to create positive change. She is an active member of the Special Libraries Association (SLA), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and the Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP). Her undergraduate degree is from Brown University and her MLS was earned at the University of Pittsburgh.