Laura Rivera, a School Library graduate, has been hired as the Librarian at The New York Institute for Special Education.Congratulations and good luck in your new job, Laura!
Just in case you’re still thinking about what to take for the fall, or in case you would like to add another interesting one, please consider LIS 707: Human-Computer Interaction which is to be offered at in Manhattan on Thursday 6:30-8:20pm in Fall 2013. Read on, and be sure to see the student comments from previous classes!
Course Description and Objectives
Instead of visiting the libraries physically, more and more library patrons rely on the library’s website to download journal articles, request books, CDs, find out about the library program, and check their library records. Librarians need to be able to discern whether or not the site is truly effective. Is it easy for users to find what they need? Or is it frustrating and confusing to them? This is where HCI comes in. It is a discipline that studies the design and evaluation of interactive computing systems for human use.
This is a course about PEOPLE, not computers, in the context of designing websites and information systems from a user-centered perspective. In particular, you will:
- Learn about the psychology of human computing
- Apply design principles to improve a website or an interactive system to be easy to use.
- Conduct a user needs analysis
- Conduct a usability testing study. Evaluate website/mobile devices/system design with various techniques in the field of usability testing, including think-aloud, heuristic evaluation, cognitive walkthrough, persona design, and card sorting (all to be explained!)
These skills are very practical and are certainly in demand everywhere!
Students who took this class previously had this to say:
- It is good to always think about things as the user/audience may see it. This class stressed that point – we need to be open minded and user-friendly in our field, and in my opinion, in life situations.
- I really enjoyed this class as well… I wish there were more classes like this.
- Professor Zhang’s infectious enthusiasm and lively delivery were a major highlight.
- Qiping Zhang is one of the best instructors in Palmer: knowledgeable, expert, serious yet very open and able to tailor examples on the fly. A true asset to Palmer and LIU.
- Extremely knowledgeable
- Excellent professor, very knowledgeable!
Registration and Contact
To register, the course number is LIS 707-001, #3287.
Dr. Qiping Zhang’s area of expertise is human-computer interaction. Please email her off the list at email@example.com if you have any questions about this course or if you wish to have a copy of the course syllabus now.
LIS 610: Reader’s Advisory: West (SSII; TU 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30)
LIS 611 Film and Media Collections): East (7/16, 7/17, 7/23, 7/24, 7/30; 11:30- 5)
LIS 690: Internship West (5/22, 6/26, 7/31; 4:30- 6:20)
LIS 901-01 Digital Humanities East (June 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10; 11:30 – 5) Text:
LIS 901-02 Text Analytics West (SSI and II, TH 5 -7:40)
LIS 901-03: Managing Ephemera West (F July 12, 19, 26; Aug. 2, 9, 16; 10 – 5)
LIS 901-05 Copyright and Library Law LL1-05—one level below the lobby (SS III, T/TH 6 – 8:30)
At this time, only the following texts are required:
LIS 901-01, Digital Humanities; Prof. Friedland :
LIS 901-05, Copyright and Library Law; Prof. Cram
Peter Hirtle’s Copyright and Cultural Institutions. The book is available for free under a Creative Commons license.
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