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The User Experience (UX) Working Group is a subset of the Digital Libraries Federation User Studies Assessment Interest Group and previously named Usability Studies Guidelines and Best Practices Working Group. The working group formed in 2015.

This working group builds on the following work products of previous AIG working groups:

  1. A literature review and compiled bibliography
  2. The white paper: Surveying the Landscape: Use and Usability Assessment of Digital Libraries

The group serves as a community of practice for practitioners in the areas of user experience, user research, user interface design, and similar work. We also engage in collaborative projects that aim to provide guidance to digital libraries in the areas of usability, user behavior, user research methodologies, and user experience design.

UX Areas of Investigation

UX mentorship program- We are investigating how to develop a UX mentorship program within the DLF community to help practitioners not only develop their skills but navigate their unique job requirements.

UX information sharing and peer support- We invite members to present case studies at our monthly meetings to expand knowledge among our members in UX methods and tools. Members can also bring unfinished projects to solicit feedback or ask questions of the group.

UX discussion group- Members may lead a discussion around a topic, tool, or resource

Collaborative projects- The group has previously collaborated on longer term projects with deliverables such as white papers

There are many other aspects to usability and user studies, and we welcome others who would like to pursue them. Here is where we have shared working areas, and can provide open access for white papers and other results, with excellent visibility.

Get Involved in the working group

The only requirement for participation in a DLF AIG working group is a willingness to dig in and devote a small part of your time contributing to the tools, methods, and body of knowledge on digital library assessment. Attendance at the DLF forum is not a requirement for participation in any of the working groups. Additionally, if your institution is not a DLF member, you can still participate.

Join our Google Group listserv to learn more about our work and receive notifications for upcoming meetings or events


We have monthly call-in meetings on the last Friday of every month. Join the google group to receive details and see our agenda.

Projects on Open Science Framework

We use a number of collaborative tools to facilitate our work. We mainly use the Open Science Framework as a central repository to document and store our work. We also use Google Drive and Google Groups.

Digital Libraries User Personas Best Practices

The aim of this project is to create a web resource for digital library (DL) practitioners to reference when creating user personas for development and maintenance of digital libraries. First the the UX Working Group plans to to reach out to libraries, museums, and archives and gather examples of personas designed for DLs. After gathering these resources the group will evaluate them to identify commonalities and differences. A summary of work will then used to support the creation of a best practice guide that is informed by user personas research internal and external to DL practitioners. The final output of this project will be a web resource that includes best practices and highlighted DL user personas from libraries, museums, and archives. This online resource will be made available through the Digital Library Federation.

Inactive Projects

Usability Standardization - Literature Tagging Project


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