I’m Rebecca Blakiston, team lead for Web Design & User Experience at the University of Arizona Libraries.
I created this blog many years ago while in library school as I was still finding my professional self. It seemed like a good opportunity to share things I was working on and connect with likeminded readers.
Over the past few years, most of my posts relate to the user experience in libraries, my focus and passion. I’m pretty terrible at keeping it up to date, but who knows – maybe 2017 will be the year of the blog. We’ll see!
I’ve been at the University of Arizona Libraries my whole career. Starting as a student worker in 2003, I then worked full-time in access services from 2005-2007. After obtaining my Master’s in Library Science in 2007, I landed an Assistant Librarian gig with the Undergraduate Services Team, which later evolved into the Instructional Services Team. I was “continued” (given tenure) and promoted to Associate Librarian in 2013, and in 2014 moved to the newly-formed User Experience Department.
My current position
I’ve been a User Experience Librarian since 2014 and since 2016, I’ve been team lead for Web Design & User Experience, housed within Technology Strategy & Services. I provide vision and direction for the library’s websites, developing a road map, coordinating communications, managing projects, and chairing our website steering group. I also coordinate user research to help us make informed, thoughtful decisions to improve the user experience.
My service and scholarship
I’m active in the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), most recently as 2016-2017 chair of the University Libraries Section (ULS). I’ve published papers on instructional design, continuous learning, and content strategy. See my Academia profile for more on my research interests, publications, and presentations.
I organized the Certificate in User Experience available through Library Juice Academy, and teach Do-It-Yourself Usability Testing, Writing for the Web, and Developing a Website Content Strategy.
I wrote the book, Usability Testing: a Practical Guide for Librarians, published in 2014, and Writing Effectively in Print and on the Web: A Practical Guide for Librarians, published in 2017.
I hope you enjoy the blog. Thanks for visiting!