Journal of Usability Studies

Brenda Reeb, user studies goddess at the University of Rochester, posted a link to the new Journal of Usability Studies on USABILITY4LIB today. I took a quick peek at the first issue, and it looks very interesting and relevant. I particularly recommend a brief invited article by (usability god) Jakob Nielsen titled “Usability for the …

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Got Subjects?

In the wake of a great conference in Boston, the listserv [link to sign-up – sorry, no archive!] of the Museum Computer Network (MCN-L) has been teeming with stimulating discussion. One of the most recent threads covered subject cataloguing in museums, as well as the emergence of folksonomies as a potential tool for providing improved …

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Giving thanks to PREMIS!

I greeted my co-worker Robin Dale with a big smile today and told her I have some really good news. She proceeded to ask me whether I’m getting married, which almost got us sidetracked from the real news at hand: the joint OCLC-RLG working group PREMIS just won the Digital Preservation Coalition’s award (for the …

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pod-cast with Jim

Paul Miller just announced that he’ll record a Talking with Talis pod-cast with hangingtogether’s very own Jim Michalko (who incidentally also happens to be the president of RLG.) Paul wants you to send some hard questions for Jim to podcasts [at] talis [dot] com by Friday, December 9th – the interview proper happens on December …

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Google smarts vs my bandwidth

Merrilee wrote how Google got smarter the other day, and provided a neat dog example. Since they get smarter so often, and I have only so much bandwidth to keep up with them, I apologize if this is old news to you: I just did a search on Norman Rockwell, and found at the top …

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Google gets smarter…again

I noticed something new (to me) in Google over coffee this morning. I was at a party over the weekend, and met a dog with so much personality that I wanted to know more about the breed. Naturally I went to Google. I typed in “skipper key.” Do this search, and let your eyes wander …

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More museum blogs

I recently had contact with a writer from the Wall Street Journal who researched a story on blogs in museums (Jennifer Trant had been kind enough to mention my name to him.) My first question to him was: do you mean blogs with which museums try to reach out to the audience they serve, or …

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