2017 events

11 September

LAS-NLB Professional Sharing Session: UX (User Experience) in Libraries

User experience research has been steadily gaining popularity among librarians in the past few years.

In this professional sharing session jointly organised by the LAS and NLB, our library colleagues shared their experiences with and insights gained from conducting UX research. The speakers were mostly attendees of 2016 UX in Libraries workshop facilitated by Andy Priestner and represented a variety of institutions including art and school libraries.

After the break, attendees will also got a change to experiment with UX research methods such as card sorting and using personas.


Speakers & Topics

A total of 98 participants (45 from LAS and 53 from NLB) attended this session.

For a copy of the slides and video recording of the lecture, please contact us.

Speakers (from left):

Sufyan, Felicia, mingshanwang, (Jiaxin from T&D), Jennifer, Yee Xin, Melody and Phoebe

Participants trying their hands at card sorting with post-its. Groups developed personas to answer the question, "What is the most/least important part of the library?"

16 November

"World University Rankings - How Institutions Get Ranked" Seminar by Ruth Pagell

Higher education became a global industry at the beginning of the 21st century. It was not surprising that students, faculty, universities and government policy agencies became interested in global league tables.

This seminar helped attendees gain a better understanding of the rankings, their metrics, their limitations and implications. Ruth also shared that different rankings, much like statistics, may be used to suit different purposes.

A total of 104 participants attended this talk - 49 LAS members and 55 NUS members including librarians, researchers and faculty.

Topics covered:

  • A Review of the rankings landscape
  • Focus on all metrics included in rankings
  • Comparison of rankings and their metrics
  • Case study on deconstruction one ranking

About the speaker:

Ms Pagell has been a practicing librarian, university library director, library school educator, speaker and writer. She was in library leadership positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Emory University and as Founding Librarian for Li Ka Shing Library at Singapore Management University. She has taught at US universities and at Nanyang Technological University, and has written and spoken at conferences around the world. She co-authored “International Business Information: How to Find It, How to Use it.”

Her latest interest is bibliometrics and university research rankings, writing for non-bibliometricians. She has shared her thoughts on this topic in her book chapter in “Bibliometrics and University Research Rankings Demystified for Librarians” as well as a series of articles for Access eNewsletter, Ruth’s Rankings.

For a copy of the slides and video recording of the lecture, please contact us.