She talked about the relationship between this type of use statistic and other forms of user research and suggested that combining the two approaches helped them get a better understanding of how they should design their site.
On Saturday Susan, Kevin and I attended a session on using Scrum in libraries to develop software by Michelle Frisque. Scrum is a technique that focuses on selecting features or bug fixes to fit into a development window (called a sprint). A few of the neat features of Scrum is that it uses an interdisciplinary team approach to make sure that a group of developers and stakeholders are responsible for development and testing.
I also attended an interesting session on the data for research toolkit in JSTOR. I had never heard of DFR before but it is a site focused on providing researchers text, subject, and bibilometric data from the JSTOR repository. One amazing stat from the session was the number 80 million – the number of parsed citations in their database. There are some really interesting opportunities in the database for digital humanities work and it can also simply be used as a faceted search interface.
Susan did a good job hosting a networking dinner Saturday night and we had the opportunity to catch up with Andy Morton.