User Experience - UX

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

Fondren Library Mascot Contest - Deadline March 17th- $100 Prize

Calling all Owls! Fondren Library is looking for your help in designing a mascot. This mascot can be anything (within reason)--a booksmart owl with glasses, for example! Your submission should include a name and a graphic representation of the mascot. Submissions from any Rice community member will be accepted through Friday, March 17th, and all submissions must be made through this web form. Multiple submissions are allowed.

Winner receives a $100 Amazon Gift Card

Deadline: March 17, 2017

 

Fondren Library Now Has A Baby Changing Station

Located on the first floor, in the unisex bathroom near Fondren 156.

Location of Baby Changing

Share a story, suggestions or wishes for the future of the library.

Make a suggestion, share a story, or express your wishes for the future of Fondren Library.

Please tell us what the library means to you, what sorts of programs and services make a difference in your life, and how a staff member has helped you.

We welcome your input. As you submit your story, please indicate whether we may have permission to quote your story in our publications.

Thank you!!

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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