How does one create a mobile website for one’s library? There are many resources available for those who want to dig in and get it done. Creating a mobile version of our website is a goal for this year in my library, so I’ve been focussing professional development efforts on this lately. At ALA Midwinter in Boston, I participated in a half-day pre-conference workshop sponsored by ACRL, titled “Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device: Developing a Mobile Website for Your Library,” taught by three librarians from DePaul University.
This book outlines the human side of the information seeking process, and focuses on the aspects of this process that can best be supported by the user interface. It describes the methods behind user interface design generally, and search interface design in particular, with an emphasis on how best to evaluate search interfaces. It discusses research results and current practices surrounding user interfaces for query specification, display of retrieval results, grouping retrieval results, navigation of information collections, query reformulation, search personalization, and the broader tasks of sensemaking and text analysis. Much of the discussion pertains to Web search engines, but the book also covers the special considerations surrounding search of other information collections.
"In the Spring of 2006, a group of designers intimately familiar with the organization and development of design pattern resources got together to discuss the current and future role of design patterns in the real world. We talked about defining and documenting patterns, the context required to communicate how patterns should be applied, what it takes to develop a design language, and how disparate lists of patterns could converge. It’s our hope this conversation continues."