If you’re into the whole usability idea — and more and more our interfaces to technology are all we have when interacting wiht the goods, services and government in our lives — then you might like to know that World Usability Day is tomorrow. I’ll noodle around a bit looking at my own websites and I suggest that you and your libraries do the same.
Technology should enhance our lives, not add to our stress or cause danger through poor design or poor quality. It is our duty to ensure that this technology is effective, efficient, satisfying and reliable, and that it is usable by all people. This is particularly important for people with disabilities, because technology can enhance their lives, letting them fully participate in work, social and civic experiences. Human error is a misnomer. Technology should be developed knowing that human beings have certain limitations. Human error will occur if technology is not both easy-to-use and easy-to-understand. We need to reduce human error that results from bad design.
I was trying to figure out a fix for my sidebar calendar and was testing it out with one of my upcoming events which, thanks to my general cluelessness wound up posted to the front page, not queued for later. So I’ve fixed some of the erroneous info and am reposting it official-like. If you are interested in this at all, contact Andrea Thorpe at the Richards Free Library and check out their nifty blog while you are stopping by.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Lib 2.0
in Hookset, New Hampshire
9:00 – 9:30 Registration & Coffee
9:30 What is WEB 2.0 and why it’s important/appropriate in libraries – Lichen Rancourt
10:00 Flickr & del.icio.us – Jessamyn West
11:00 Library 2.0 catalog solutions – Lichen Rancourt
11:30 Open source replacements for stuff you already use – Jessamyn West
12:00 Box Lunch
1:00 Technology planning. How to choose and implement what you have seen today within the limits of staff time, library budgets and patron needs – Andrea Mercado
2:00- 3:00 GEEK Sessions – Our three presenters (joined by Bobbi
Slossar) will break into small groups to answer your specific questions
about social software issues.
3:00 – 3:30 GEEK Session discoveries and wrap up – Mary Ann List
If you are in or near the Pittsburgh area and would like to share ideas with a group of interesting socially responsible librarians, consider going to the Progressive Library Skillshare. It’s my birthday weekend, so I’ll be someplace else most likely but it would be on my todo list otherwise.
So the kickoff to the Summer of MLibrary 2.0 was really fun today. I got to hear talks by Peter Morville and Kristin Antelman (whose name I am spelling correctly now) and give my own rambly talk about 2.0 stuff. The website for their summer project is really nifty if you haven’t seen it already. The site has a main lib 2.0 page, a list of events (hey there’s me!) and their 13 Things page which outlines some of the things they’ll be doing this summer. My slides and notes and links are on this page. Special thanks to Dave “Superman” Carter for inviting me, and Robyn Cleveland for her superb logistical assistance.
Now I’m hanging out at the Ann Arbor District Library catching up on my digital world and looking forward to having mac and cheese with Superpatron before heading to the airport. Next week I am giving a few short talks on social software for New Hampshire librarians and parents, then I’m done with travelling until… later. Anyone who is coming through Vermont is encouraged to stop by, I’d love to return some of the hospitality I’ve gotten on the road these past few months.
Here’s one post from someone who liveblogged my talk, let me know if there are any others floating out there.