DRM is Still Coming to the Web and You Should Care More

The Electronic Frontier Foundation proposed in its “Objection to the rechartering of the W3C EME group” a DRM circumvention nonaggression covenant in which W3C members agree not to sue anyone for circumventing the encrypted media specification or in disclosing any vulnerabilities therein. This proposal was rejected.

In the 1980s, Noriaki Kano — a professor and consultant in the field of quality management — observed how customer satisfaction is determined by whether the service is good and if it meets customers’ expectations about what it should be. We can suss out these expectations and plan features that satisfy them (this know-your-users paradigm is central to user-experience design). However, features play off one another, and one that’s poorly implemented negates the benefits of the others.

An Intro to SQL for Librarians

So Ruth Kitchin Tillman wrote a really nice intro for those of you interested in learning SQL — I pronounce it “sequel” — which, you know, you probably should.

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Design your technology to work toward diversity, inclusion, and equity

Chris Bourg posted her talk about libraries, technology, and social justice where she makes some really great observations about our social role as designers.

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User Experience Debt

An IA Summit presentation by Andrew Wright that demonstrates a way to think about the gap between the current user experience of a site and its potential.

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On the User Experience of Ebooks

The number of people reading ebooks isn’t meaningfully pulling away from those reading print – like we all imagined it might when this stuff was science fiction. We can explain this by the user experience.

Evaluating Digital Library Accessibility

In 2015 we evaluated the accessibility of selected digital library collections using CONTENTdm — a digital collection management system — to identify barriers to access. Managers of other digital library systems can integrate our recommendations to improve the accessibility of their collections.

All the arguments against using carousels are determined by the context in which they are used. This implies that when used deliberately, with understanding, carousels might even be capable of elevating the user experience above the competition.

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