In early March, I attended my second Designing for Digital virtual conference. Session topics ranged from conducting library space assessments to encouraging open and affordable course content, from tackling wicked problems to advocating for better internal UX. A few comments stood out: like one when, during some UX testing, a student said a library’s general subject LibGuide looked like “the 11th page of Google”.
On the second day of the conference, Kyle and I presented on our work with the new search interface—via remote presentation from Kyle’s office in ZSR while attendees watched live in Austin. Our session, “Enhancing Library Discovery with Lightweight Meta Queries,” covered how we use LC subclass clusters to convert search queries into local subject taxonomies for database and librarian retrieval. Many thanks to the conference organizers who, in addition to hosting the virtual conference, also supported remote presentations.