by Erin Hoffrance
On a recent cruise around the web, I stumbled upon an interesting post at the Librarian in Black Blog about a new Library Journal column, written by 2009 Professional Development Workshop superstar, Aaron Schmidt. If you did not already know about this library celebrity, Aaron is the digital initiatives librarian for the DC Public Library, and he is also half of the user experience consultancy at Influx.
The new column, The User Experience, is concerned with, of course, user experience, as well as information architecture and design. Information architecture is one of those hot, new terms that gets bandied about liberally in library school and at conferences, but I fear I have not ever fully grasped the meaning of it. In this first column, Aaron does a great job offering definitions of user experience and design. The article does not talk down to the reader who has more to learn about user experience and does not bore the reader who is well-versed. Aaron will be a great addition to the Library Journal publication, and I am already looking forward to his next column!