Hyrum Denney, “Sticky Menus Are Quicker To Navigate,” Smashing UX Design

Pull quote: “Participants were then asked whether one of the websites felt easier to use. Six of the 40 participants had no preference, but of the 34 that did have a preference, 100% of them indicated that the website with the sticky navigation was easier or faster to use. Many comments along this line were made, such as ‘I don’t know how the websites were different, but I felt like I was spending a lot less time clicking with the first one.’ Such comments indicated overwhelming favor for the sticky navigation.”

Hyrum Denney, “Sticky Menus Are Quicker To Navigate,” Smashing UX Design

Jonathan Rochkind, “Kinda like Google Books for LP’s,” Bibliographic Wilderness

Pull quote: “It sounds like their approach is fair… …which doesn’t mean it’s legal. The opt-out nature they describe above is similar to the kind of thing that got Google Books and HathiTrust sued…. except it’s actually less legally defensible because they aren’t just using ‘snippets’, they really are selling complete digitized work.”

Jonathan Rochkind, “Kinda like Google Books for LP’s,” Bibliographic Wilderness

Chris Bourg, “A feminist defense of browsing,” Feral Librarian

Pull quote: “All of this has me troubled by our tendency (yep, I’ve been guilty myself) to dismiss talk about the value of physical browsing as merely wistful or nostalgic. There is something very real and important there, and I think shining a feminist lens on the issues is likely to help us see what it is, so that the libraries we are building for the future are inclusive of all kinds of learners, scholars, and readers; and so that our discovery environments (online and physical) are built to accommodate not just efficiency, but also joy.”

Chris Bourg, “A feminist defense of browsing,” Feral Librarian

Jon Udell, “Why Johnny Can’t Syndicate(And What We Can Do About It),” Jon Udell

Pull quote: “I want things to work differently. I want to manage my affairs by syndicating, tagging, and republishing data feeds. Now I grant you that’s a tall order. It presents all sorts of technical challenges. But trust me, those are solvable, I don’t worry about that. I worry more about the human challenge. We won’t get the right kinds of solutions unless customers demand them. I want to raise expectations about what’s possible so that people will demand them, and I want to teach people how to be web thinkers so they’ll demand the right kind of solutions.”

Jon Udell, “Why Johnny Can’t Syndicate(And What We Can Do About It),” Jon Udell

Richard Nurse, “Making the library’s search box work like Google,” Libwebrarian’s Blog

Pull quote: “So you look at bringing together content from different systems, probably using the Bento Box approach…where you search across your different systems using APIs etc and return a series of results from each of those systems. You then get a series of results that come from each of the different systems and incorporate the relevancy ranking of discovery systems, rather than ranking the relevancy of the results in total. So is that going to be any better for users? Is it going to be better to sort the results by system, as Stanford have done? or should we be trying to pull results together, as Google do? That’s something we need to test.”

Richard Nurse, “Making the library’s search box work like Google,” Libwebrarian’s Blog