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iDiscover: Examining the user experience

Between June and August 2017, the Futurelib Programme conducted an in-depth user experience study of iDiscover, the University of Cambridge interface for the Ex Libris Primo Discovery and Delivery Service. There was a focus on observing people using iDiscover, as well as talking to students and staff at the University about their experiences using the […]

iDiscover UX: project update

Since the last post here about this project things have moved along significantly, so it seemed like a good time for a quick update on the progress. Over the last six weeks or so, the research has amassed an enormous amount of data which has given us some real insights and opportunities to improve the […]

Intraloan: Examining access to printed library resources in Cambridge

Between December 2016 and May 2017 the Futurelib Programme conducted an in-depth user research study looking into current experiences at the University of Cambridge, specifically related to accessing printed, physical library content. The project started with an initial scoping phase: interviews, workshops with students and short email questionnaires circulated to Cambridge academics provided a qualitative, […]

iDiscover UX project underway!

Over the last two years the Futurelib Programme has been involved in a number of intensive research projects, many of which have focused on the design of physical library spaces and other related aspects of library services. It seems natural to be returning to the digital side of things, this time round not focusing on […]

Intraloan project: The story so far…

It seems a long time ago now that we met with Cambridge library staff at Wolfson College to talk about this project, putting heads together to come up with a (incredibly useful) SWOT analysis and discussing what would happen next. Since then we have: Heard from over 50 academics around the University about their experiences […]

Intra-library loans pilot service starts today!

The Futurelib programme is currently involved in an exciting new project, ‘Intraloan’, which is looking into the current use of circulating library material at the University of Cambridge. The project is investigating various aspects of the use of printed material, focusing on what is used when, where and by who, and how related library services […]

Snapshot: a window into Cambridge research lives

This is Futurelib reporting back after a fascinating journey into the worlds of chemical computer coding, animal foraging activity and jazz improvisation. Let me explain… This summer we conducted a cultural probe study with postdoc researchers and PhD students at the University, all of whom were engaged in cutting-edge research in disparate and fascinating areas. […]

Embedded Librarians: exploring roles and contexts

Exploring how embedded librarianship might work in Cambridge was never going to be a simple task – see our previous post for the background on this new Futurelib project. Many definitions of what being embedded means have previously been explored, ranging from supporting teaching through a presence in an online VLE, to intentionally working within […]

Embedded librarianship under the microscope

We are excited to confirm that we will soon be embarking on a new project exploring the fascinating area of embedded librarianship. We will be working with librarians across the University in order to gain a better understanding of some of the key responsibilities, knowledge, tools and personality traits required of an embedded librarian in […]

Spacefinder: Round 2!

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since we talked to you about the progress with Spacefinder, but with Version 2 having just been released there is no better time than the present… The service has been extremely popular and is still experiencing high volumes of traffic. Just in time for exams (and the admittedly unfortunate, […]

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