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Project & Organization

Library Simplified Program

Administration - This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In addition to grant program administration, NYPL will provide matching dollars, product and project management, and software engineering support.

Project Design - A full-time position "Product Owner (PO) for the Library Reading Experience,” will serve as the Grant Project Manager and Product Manager. The PO is charged with proposing ways in which to employ technology, innovation in library policies, and the full range of library offerings to deliver a better experience to more patrons. The PO will lead a small technical team, and work in concert with partner libraries to analyze the assessment findings and move the design process forward. Library Simplified will include four phases of work with major milestones and deliverables at the end of each.
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Partner Libraries

Lead Partner Library/Grant Administrator
The New York Public Library

  Project Director - Micah May
  Product Manager - James English

  NYPL Labs
Award winning NYPL Research and Development organization staffed with artists and engineers.
  Management Team
Manager & Founder, NYPL Labs - Ben Vershbow
Product Manager, NYPL Labs - David Riordan
Lead Application Architect, NYPL Labs - Leonard Richards
Mobile Client Application Lead, NYPL Labs - John Nowak
  Application Developers
Paul Beaudoin, Brian Foo, Mauricio Giraldo, Matt Miller

User Experience and Analysis

The project team will engage directly with users throughout the project to test hypotheses and gather input. Since the first goal of this project is to build audience, at all stages it will be critical to gather insights from non-users. The team will collect and analyze partner library systems in order to:

  • Map the user journey
  • Heuristic evaluation of digital properties
  • Storyboard Experiences borrowing digital content
  • Conduct survey and survey data roll up and gap assessment regarding ebooks
    1. Survey One
    2. Survey Two
  • Build user & non-user ethnographies
  • Develop personas of users and non-users

Lead Partner Library:
Brooklyn Public Library

  Work Stream Lead: Jeneatte Moy/Lisa Chow (Brooklyn Public Library)
  Team Members:
The New York Public Library - UX Team: Jennifer Anderson, Morgan Holzer, James English

Policy and Practice

Library Policy pain points – This will demonstrate how and for whom current library policies create “pain points"; providing key support for senior library decision makers evaluating the pros and cons of policy changes. The key deliverable will be policy recommendations and identification of best practice for libraries managing access to digital content and services.

Lead Partner Library:
Santa Clara County Library

  Work Stream Lead:  Megan Wong
  Policy Team Members:
Paula Brehm-Heeger (Cincinatti Public Library)
Jeanette Moy (Brooklyn Public Library)
James English (The New York Public Library)

Architecture and Integration

This effort is focused on identifying the systems and common interface frameworks, protocols and methods so as to inform development of the application. It will focus on identifying integration needs, touch points and solution paths so that the application can be readily adopted by partner libraries and other libraries.
Architectural Schematics of/for all Partners - The team will work with partner project leads to develop a simple but comprehensive annotated schematic diagram of the IT architecture for each partner library.
Overlay of Data sources and feeds - A key component of the architectural diagnostic will be to understand the potential sources of patron and collections data from an ILS, e-content from vendors, and supplemental UGC and/or recommendation from other third party products. This overlay, which will sit “on top” of schematic diagrams, will capture not what the systems are but also how they interact, a critical first step toward proposing ways they can be streamlined.
Market Scan - The Product Owner and team will review products that are available to libraries but not in use at all/any of the partners. This work will come late in the Fact gathering/Analysis phase so that it can focus on exploring strong hypotheses about how new products could be integrated to satisfy unmet needs and wants.

Lead Partner Library:
Alemeda Public Public Library

  Work Stream Lead:  Asad Iqbal
  Team Members:
Eben English (Boston Public Library)
Nate Hill (Chatanooga Public Library)
James English (The New York Public Library)

Communication

The communication team works to provide information and news to the broader public. The goal is to encourage participation and involvement by the broader library community. As more and more libraries become aware and involved, the project hopes to capture new ideas, enhancements and improvement to the core products so as to make a better experience for library users and non-users alike.

Lead Partner Libraries:
Kent District Library and Sacramento Public Library

  Work Stream Lead - Melissa DeWild (Kent District Library)
  Work Stream co/Lead - Amy Calhoun (Sacramento Public LIbrary)
  Team Members:
James English (The New York Public Library)


News:
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News


Library Journal | Library Simplified Works on Three-Click Access for Library Ebooks
Library ebook transactions remain too lengthy and complicated for patrons, especially in comparison with consumer ebook transactions, James English, product manager for the Library Simplified project at the New York Public Library (NYPL) said during his “EPUB: Walled Gardens and the Readium Foundation” presentation at the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Book Industry Study Group (BISG) Eighth Annual Forum, held June 27 in conjunction with the American Library Association (ALA) 2014 Annual Conference.

Events

Internet Librarian 2014 | Monterey Convention Center (RM B301/B302), Montery CA - Library Simplified will present on the panel “Evolving Ebook Models.” The track will address ebook models and practices from North America and the U.K. Get ideas, insights, and strategies for dealing with ebooks and e-resources in your environment.