User Experience - UX

Researches and enhances the user experience with usability testing, focus groups, and ethnographic interviews.

Accessibility and Usability - Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016

Co-sponsored by Fondren Library’s Accessibility Committee and the User Experience Office and Rice University’s Disability Support Services

Speakers:

Lewis Maher

 A native of Dallas Texas, Lewis graduated from Spring Hill College with a B.S. in physics and the University of Texas at Dallas with a Ph.D. in physics.  He held space science post-doctoral appointments at Rice University and at RadioPhysics Inc. in Boulder Colorado before joining Exxon Production Research (EPR) to work on a variety of seismic data processing projects involving data interpolation, seismic migration, velocity analysis, and tomography.  He retired from Exxon in the spring of 2015. Louis has served as an ExxonMobil Loaned Executive to the United Way of Greater Houston, as president of the National Federation of the Blind of Texas (NFBTX) Houston Chapter, as the treasurer of the NFBTX Houston Chapter, Secretary of the National Federation of the Blind of Texas, and as secretary of the Houston Commission On Disabilities. His main computer interests are improving accessibility for the blind to graphical user interfaces, graphically displayed data, and to mathematically-based books and journals.

Claudia Ziegler Acemyan

As a human factors and human-computer interaction researcher, Dr. Acemyan’s  research focuses on votingsystem usability, or the study of human behavior and performance while using a particular voting system or product. By understanding issues related to the difficulty of using a system, the types of errors people make while interacting with it, how people think the system works and what they should do with it, and the best methods to use during system development and testing, then developers are better able to avoid and eliminate problems in the service of user-centered designs. 

Hang-Out Student Group

The Hangout is an outdoor learning space at Rice University. Located directly outside Fondren Library’s new reading room, the site sits at a bottleneck between the south colleges and the academic quad. By reconsidering the habits of indoor learning and preserving unique site conditions, we sought to create an environment to catalyze new forms of learning. In our initial visits to the site, we were fascinated by the tree canopy and found that using hammocks – which float of the ground – could celebrate the natural site’s sense of enclosure. Our design is a field of poles that is connected by a network of hammocks. The poles have two types of connections, allowing hammocks to pivot into a total of 729 configurations. This degree of freedom dissolves hard ownership of the space and accommodates both individuals and groups. The student manipulation of the layout will yield new and unexpected relationships between hammocks, providing a refreshing new take on outdoor learning and revitalizing an underused space on campus.

Andrew Bertics is a junior architecture student from Wiess College. He was part of The Hangout design team.

Ethan Chan is a junior from Brown College, double majoring in art and architecture. He was part of The Hangout design team.

Kajal Patel is a senior architecture student from Hanszen College. She is currently serving as president of the Architecture Society at Rice and helped organize the Mini-Charrette competition that led to The Hangout.

Other members of the interdisciplinary team are:

  • Eric Hsu – senior architecture/art history student from Baker College
  • Yoseph Maguire – senior electrical engineer student  from Wiess College
  • Mitch Mackowiak – senior  architecture/art history student from Lovett College
  • Toshiki Niimi – senior architecture/German studies student from Hanszen College
  • Geneva Vest – senior sociology student from Hanzen College

World Usability Day

We are Looking for Fondren Library Student Ambassadors

Library Ambassadors are undergraduate and graduate students who primarily promote library resources and services to the campus community. They also may engage in conversations about Fondren Library, and advocate for the perspectives of student library users.

Ambassadors will foster communication, increase awareness of library services and resources throughout the university, and serve as a "voice" for their fellow students. Ambassadors are paid for their time, and will on average, work 4 hours a month on library marketing, primarily to call out library events/programs/services in the colleges at lunchtime.

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Students: Join us Tuesday, August 30th from 7-9pm

Open to all Rice Students - Come learn about Fondren Library and have fun!

Tuesday, August 30th, meet us in the first floor lobby between 7:00pm and 9:00pm to get your bingo card and start exploring what Fondren Library has to offer.

 

 

Bingo night

Overview of Fondren's Services, Places and Equipment

Welcome to Fondren!

Our collection includes books, e-books, audiobooks, leisure books, journals, CDs, DVDs, streaming audio and video, sheet music, maps, digital data, manuscripts, government publications and patents.

 

ONLINE TOOLS

  • The Fondren Library website has a single search box that searches our catalog, journals, databases, online articles, archives, digital scholarship, and our handy research guides. library.rice.edu
  • The Rice University Digital Scholarship Archive contains online version of theses and dissertations, historical images, the student newspaper, manuscript collections, and rare and archival materials. scholarship.rice.edu
  • Off-Campus access to all online library content is available to Rice NetID holders only through the Rice EZproxy service. library.rice.edu/offcampus
  • The Rice Alumni Digital Library provides online access to a subset of the library’s online collections licensed for remote use by Rice alumni. alumni.rice.edu

 

RESEARCH SUPPORT

 

TEACHING AND LEARNING SUPPORT

 

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

  • The Brown Fine Arts Library, on the third-floor, provides materials related to art, architecture, classical archeology, and music. library.rice.edu/brown-fine-arts-library
  • The Gilbert and Ruth Whitaker Business Information Center (BIC) (McNair Hall 270) is primarily for the support of the Graduate School of Business and provides materials such as current business journals, books, directories and corporate annual reports. library.rice.edu/bic
  • The Kelley Center for Government Information, Data and Geospatial Services, in Fondren’s basement,  provides U.S. Government and Texas state documents patents and trademarks. library.rice.edu/gov
  • The GIS/Data Center (GDC) (Fondren B40) provides training and access to geographic information systems software and geospatial data sets. library.rice.edu/gdc
  • The Digital Media Commons (DMC) (Fondren B42) provides tools and training to support the creation and use of digital media, including audio, video, scanning and printing services. library.rice.edu/dmc
  • The Woodson Research Center (Fondren 160) contains Rice University’s archives and rare book and manuscript collections library.rice.edu/woodson

 

LIBRARY SPACES

 

TECHNOLOGY

  • Public computers and printers (first floor near Reference Desk) require a visitor access code to initiate a user session, which is limited to two hours. Access codes can be requested upon Non-Rice visitor sign-in at the East Entrance.
  • Rice Network computers and printers (first floor and second floor mezzanine) require a Rice NetID for access for students and staff.
  • Public photocopiers (basement through fourth floors)
  • Public scanning kiosks (first floor near Reference Desk, Woodson Research Center and Brown Fine Arts Library)
  • Public stereos and video viewing stations (first floor)
  • Headphones are available at the Circulation Desk for the public
  • Audio visual and digital equipment is available for checkout by faculty, staff and students at the Digital Media Commons (B42)
  • Wi-Fi is available to the public on the Rice Visitor network
  • ATM (first floor near the East Entrance)

 

ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES

  • Working with Rice’s Disability Support Services, Fondren Library provides accessible facilities, adaptive equipment and  material retrieval assistance to those with access needs. library.rice.edu/accessibility

 

BORROWING PRIVILEGES

 

VISITOR SERVICES

  • Fondren Library is open to anyone 18 year of age or older with a valid photo ID. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Visitors should check in at the East Entrance. library.rice.edu/visitors

 

PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION

  • Visitor parking is available with different rates and proximity to Fondren Library. The closest parking lot is the Central Campus Garage. Free shuttle service is available from distant parking lots. park-trans.rice.edu

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