Katie Sherwin, “The Magnifying-Glass Icon in Search Design: Pros and Cons,” NN/g Nielsen Norman Group

Pull quote: “Users recognize a magnifying-glass icon as meaning ‘search’ even without a textual label. The downside is that icon-only search is harder for users to find.”

Katie Sherwin, “The Magnifying-Glass Icon in Search Design: Pros and Cons,” NN/g Nielsen Norman Group

Jesse Daniels, “Scholarly Life Transformed by Digital Media, JustPublics@365

Pull quote: “For me, the use of digital media is transforming how I approach being a scholar. Twitter is not simply a tool for disseminating research, it’s a tool I think with and through. Blogging is often the way I compose a first draft of a thought I may develop further for publication elsewhere. Of course, not every Tweet or blog post goes on to a life in peer-reviewed publication, but every peer-reviewed publication of mine has made a first appearance in some form on digital media.”

Jesse Daniels, “Scholarly Life Transformed by Digital Media, JustPublics@365

Larry Nix, “Oldest Public Library in the Americas?” Library History Buff Blog

Pull quote: “There are several libraries that make claim to being the oldest public library in the United States of America, but one library claims to be the oldest public library in the Americas. That library is the Biblioteca Palafoxiana in Pueblo, Mexico. The Biblioteca Palafoxiana was founded in 1646 and was added to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register in 2005.”

Larry Nix, “Oldest Public Library in the Americas?” Library History Buff Blog

Eamon Tewell, “Using Comedy to Inform Library Instruction,” The Desk Set

Pull quote: “Standup comedians and librarians with teaching duties may not seem to have much in common, but after spending the last couple years watching comics perform I’ve used several principles from standup to improve my own library instruction.”

Eamon Tewell, “Using Comedy to Inform Library Instruction,” The Desk Set

Ian Chant, “Stepping Up on Usability,” Insights and Outcomes, Library Journal

Pull quote: “The usability team is taking cues from traditional retailers in an effort to improve the patron experience at MCLS and Rochester libraries. ‘They are doing patron observation and mystery shopper exercises and have identified a customer service training model that can be used system[wide],’ Uttaro said of the usability team’s activities in the months since it took shape. The team has recently started shooting videos that will be used to train librarians in all 21 branches to provide better customer service.”

Ian Chant, “Stepping Up on Usability,” Insights and Outcomes, Library Journal

Roy Tennant, “OCLC Exposes Bibliographic Works Data as Linked Open Data,” hangingtogether

Pull quote: “One of the issues we have as librarians is to somehow relate all the various printings of a work. Think of Treasure Island, for example. Can you imagine how many times that has been published? It hardly seems helpful, from an end-user perspective, to display screen upon screen of different versions of the same work. Therefore, identifying which works are related can have a tremendous beneficial impact on the end user experience. We have now done that important work. But we also want to enable others to use these associations in powerful new ways by exposing the data as linked (and linkable) open data on the web. To do this, we are exposing a variety of serializations of this data: Turtle, N-Triple, JSON-LD, RDF/XML, and HTML.”

Roy Tennant, “OCLC Exposes Bibliographic Works Data as Linked Open Data,” hangingtogether