Implications of Default Search Options in Ejournal Platforms

Implications of Default Search Options in Ejournal Platforms

In my last post, I reviewed a handful of ejournal platforms (and one ebook platform) to see what default options were available that affected whether the search results would show all content or only the content the library had licensed or purchased. I also wanted to see which platforms let the user change the settings for available content. There were some platforms that I think did this the…

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Options and Defaults for Showing Only Licensed Content in Ejournal Platforms

Options and Defaults for Showing Only Licensed Content in Ejournal Platforms

Depending on the interface and system you’re talking about and depending on the user type you’re talking about (the casual searcher who needs just one or two sources quickly or the dogged searcher who needs an expansive search set), it’s an interesting question about how to handle default search options that control whether results show all possible results or just those your library has…

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Selecting All Results on a Page of Search Results

Selecting All Results on a Page of Search Results

I’ve been wondering about the pros and cons of having a search results page that lets the user select all the items on the page (so they can be saved, exported, etc.) A quick survey of some major database platforms, discovery services, and our catalog shows that this feature is not available in every interface:

Interfaces that have it:

  • Factiva
  • LexisNexis Academic
  • ProQuest
  • Web of Science

Interface…

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Advice for UX Shops of One in Libraries

Advice for UX Shops of One in Libraries

On Twitter recently, I was asked for advice about setting up a new one-person UX shop in a library. I’ve only recently emerged from the UX-shop-of-one world, thanks to the addition of a part-time UX designer to my “team” and am not entirely sure how much my experience yields universal insights. So consider the following caveats about how institutional differences will affect the usefulness of any…

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No Longer a UX Shop of One

No Longer a UX Shop of One

Last fall, I was given the OK to hire a part-time user experience designer, which meant that my library’s user experience team was no longer a one-person operation. For the past four years, I’ve been working mostly on my own, although I frequently did projects that paired me up with others in the library (such as the time I worked with the head of access services to set up our new online…

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Roger Schonfeld, “Block that PC! Forcing Your Organization to Engage the Mobile User Experience,” Scholarly Kitchen

Roger Schonfeld, “Block that PC! Forcing Your Organization to Engage the Mobile User Experience,” Scholarly Kitchen:

Pull quote: “Limiting access to desktop versions, and encouraging engagement with the off-site experience, could be a very good way to startle one’s colleagues into an improved understanding of  researcher needs and opportunities to improve the services offered to support them. The point though is not to cause pain, but rather to have the whole team engaged in the types of improvements that can be made.”

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Jon Udell, “Hands on: Slack gets a real-world teamwork test,” InfoWorld

Jon Udell, “Hands on: Slack gets a real-world teamwork test,” InfoWorld:

Pull quote: “

It’s great that Slack, IFTTT, and Zapier offer long lists of point-to-point integrations. But simply because I can make something out of a feed doesn’t mean I should have to. Of course, most users can’t or won’t. But those lists can’t grow infinitely long. There needs to be a general-purpose fallback. In theory that’s still RSS/Atom feeds. In practice I find, too often, it isn’t.”

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