Code4lib Day 1 Afternoon: Takeaways on Usability & Search

Once again, I didn’t take full notes on all the sessions, but some takeaways below.

  • Non-English searches should not suck.
  • Favour precision over recall on large-scale searching.
  • Develop measures of assessment in order to measure success.
  • Leverage the correlation between academic degree and type of materials used, and focus on discipline-related materials and authors in case of ambiguity.
  • If a user built-in interface doesn’t work, you can always put something on top.

Many of these sound like common sense, but not enough people do it.

See my other posts for notes on the presentations I wrote more on: