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Scope & Objectives

The Samvera User Experience (UX) interest group meets to discuss any aspect of the user experience, including usability, design, UX methods, and user interface consistency. The purpose of these discussions is to improve users' experiences with  applications and systems. Such improvements are expected to occur through sharing of information and expertise across projects and institutions. The interest group began as a result of UX discussions at the January 2014 Hydra Connect meeting in San Diego.

Meeting Times & Communication Channels

Once a month on the third Tuesday of each month, at 2:00pm EST.

Connection information: Zoom:

Calls are publicized beforehand via an email sent to samvera-community, samvera-partners, and samvera-tech.  Email discussion of UX issues is welcome - please use samvera-community or samvera-tech as primary routes, depending on the nature of the topic, and prefix your email subjects with [UXIG] so the Google Group archives can be quickly searched for relevant discussions.

UX-interested people also typically gather at the annual Samvera Connect meeting.



Other regular participants and interested parties

  • Sonya Betz (University of Alberta)
  • Tim Broadwater (West Virginia University)
  • Kevin Reiss (Princeton University)
  • Jill Heinze (University of Virginia)
  • David McCallum (University of Oregon)
  • Mike Eaton (Oregon State University)
  • Lisa Haitz (University of Cincinnati)
  • Chris Awre (University of Hull)
  • Patricia Hswe (Penn State)
  • Kate Deibel (University of Washington)
  • Sally Rumsey (University of Oxford)


Notes/recordings from monthly calls

DateTopicsNotes/RecordingsRelated materials
16 May 2017Monthly callNotes | Recording
18 April 2017Monthly callNotes
21 March 2017Monthly callNotes
21 Feb 2017Monthly callNotes
17 Jan 2017Monthly callNotes
20 Dec 2016Monthly callNotes
18 Oct 2016Monthly callNotes 
27 Sept 2016Monthly callNotes 
16 August 2016Monthly callNotes 
19 July 2016Monthly callNotes 
21 Jun 2016Monthly callNotes 
19 Apr 2016Monthly callNotes 
15 Mar 2016Monthly callNotesOD Recommendations from Usability.docx
19 Jan 2016Monthly callNotes 
15 Dec 2015Monthly callAgenda, Notes 
17 Nov 2015Monthly callAgenda, Notes 
20 Oct 2015Monthly callNotes 
2 July 2015Monthly call: Discussion of Avalon Accessibility testingNotes 
7 May 2015

Monthly call

  • Blacklight Maps (Jack Reed, Stanford)
  • new LDCX mailing list (Jennifer Vine, Stanford)
  • roundtable of UX work
  • ideas for next month's call, June 4
Recording, Notes 
2 April 2015Monthly callRecording, Notes 
5 March 2015Monthly call (featuring demo of a fix on Blacklight's facet label wrapping)Recording, Notes 
4 December 2014

This month the call will focus on Spotlight, the Blacklight plug-in enabling the presentation of online exhibitions.

Discussion will center around the following areas, though there will also hopefully be space to raise other questions as well within these:

  • Current Spotlight functionality
  • Current goals for Spotlight development
  • Adopting Spotlight - what barriers exist that the team can look to address?
  • Additional features - what could Spotlight usefully do in the future?
  • Developing Spotlight - how the community can assist in achieving the goals discussed
Recording, NotesSend Spotlight suggestions and questions to

6 Nov 2014Hydra Connect 2 followupRecording, Notes 
3 July 2014Monthly callNotes 
5 June 2014Examples of user research activities and deliverablesRecordingAvalon user needs report
1 May 2014Introductions, discussion of future call topics, demo of Avalon Media SystemNotes 

Hydra UX Discussion Notes from Meetings

Unconference session at Hydra Connect 2, October 2014: Notes

Unconference session at Hydra Connect, January 2014: Notes

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