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I have made a minor adjustment to Library Technology Guides to limit the advanced search of lib-web-cats to those who register and login to the site. No costs apply to membership. I hope that this approach will lead to a higher level of user engagement on the site and make it more possible to deploy features in the future of specific interest to those with interest in library technology topics. The basic search page and the entries for the libraries, by far the most popular features of the site, will remain open to non-members. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding this new procedure.

Marshall Breeding, editor, Library Technology Guides

Jan 24, 2010 15:32:57


Marshall, I certainly hope that you succeed in generating a higher level of user engagement.

I recently read Rose Holley's PRDLA keynote "Crowdsourcing and Social Engagement: Potential, Power and Freedom for Libraries and Users"[1] which has some useful advice on user engangement. Perhaps having a dynamic list of recent additions/updates and of top user contributors could help open up what's going on and encourge people to start, and then continue, engaging and contributing.

There are two things that bug me that would help the user experience (and so hopefully user engagement). One is that when you log in you aren't taken back to the page you were on originally - sometimes the back button solves this, but sometimes it's a bit of a hassle to renavigate to whatever page it was. The other is that it seems like you get signed out quite frequently. Whether it's just a short session timeout, or conflicts with concurrent sessions (or both), it's a little frustrating to have to sign in so often.

[1] http://prdla.ucmercedlibrary.info/2009/10/crowdsourcing-and-social-engagement/

David Friggens Jan 24, 2010 18:45:47


Thanks for the feedback. I have increased the time-out value from two hours to six. It would definitely be nice for it to bring you back to the original page once you log in. I'll see what I can do about implementing that feature.

Marshall Breeding Jan 25, 2010 08:28:08

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