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Friday, November 4 • 11:35am - 12:15pm
Digital Research Practices: The Real User Experience: A Collaborative Library/Publisher Initiative

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The last decade has seen rapid growth in the amount of information available online. For the academic community, this explosion of content has significantly changed the way students and researchers alike find and use information. Having access to digital information - and understanding how best to use that information - is particularly crucial to postgraduate students starting new research projects.

In order to better understand how students use information in their research, Loughborough University and Taylor & Francis Group undertook a joint project to capture the PhD research student's User Experience (UX). Over the course of 12 months, 10 research students from Loughborough University kept diaries and attended focus groups where their views, experiences, and approaches to using information were captured. Their experience with scholarly communication was a significant focus of these activities, along with evaluating different publisher platforms and reflecting on how Open Access and social media channels could be used to meet their research needs.

During this session, Graham Walton, Assistant Director for Academic and User Services at Loughborough University Library, and Stacy Stanislaw, Library Communications Manager at Taylor & Francis Group, will provide an overview of this collaborative project, discussing the idea that academic libraries and publishers can help improve the researcher experience in discovering and navigating online content. The session will also look at the process behind and results of this project, along with lessons learned and insights gathered into the real User eXperience. Finally, the presentation will include time for questions and feedback from the audience on the project.

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Stacy Stanislaw

Library Communications Manager, The Americas, Taylor & Francis Group
I am the Library Communications Manager at Taylor & Francis Group and am responsible for managing the library marketing and communications activities for North and South America. I first joined Taylor & Francis in 2008 as the manager of the library and information science journals... Read More →
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Graham Walton

Honorary Research Fellow, Loughborough University
I have worked in libraries since 1971 and enjoyed every (well, nearly) every minute. Research and/or evaluation and/or impact assessment has always been an interest. A continual driver over the past 30 years has been to capture people's changing information seeking behaviours and... Read More →

Friday November 4, 2016 11:35am - 12:15pm EDT
Laurens Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403