Books on information architecture

Had this list in my inbox since last year. Might as well put it here.

  • Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web (2nd Ed.), Christina Wodtke
  • 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People, Susan Weinschenk
  • Designing the Search Experience: The Information Architecture of Discovery, Tony Russell-Rose
  • Pervasive Information Architecture: Designing Cross-Channel User Experiences, Andrea Resmini
  • Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning, Dan M. Brown

Web Services related terms

(just pulling out stuff from what my brain can come up with at the moment)

API – CSS – DTD – EDI – ElasticSearch – HTML – JSON – Linked Data – Mashup – Metadata – Microformats – OAI – OASIS – openURL – OSS – PURL – REST – SaaS – Semantic Web – SOAP – Solr – SRU – SRW – URN – W3C – WAI – WSDL – XML – XPath – XQuery – XSLT – YAZ


URL shorterner’s life

I was perusing some emails that came from a mailing list, old blog posts that I bookmarked, and old tweets that I favorited. Many of them contains somekind of link shorterners like tinyurl, bitly, and

While the URL shorterners are still functioning just fine, the actual URL themselves are not always so and sometimes I get a 404 error message from the target website. I know link rot happens, but somehow this irked me.

ER&L 2014 workshop: Influencing and improving products: structured interface reviews

I will collaborate with several fine fellow librarians from Cornell and Columbia University libraries doing a workshop titled “Influencing and improving products: structured interface reviews” at the upcoming Electronic Resources & Libraries conference, March 16-19, 2014 at AT&T Conference Center, Austin, Texas. The workshop will be held on March 19th, 1-5pm CST.

This workshop will analyse library electronic resource platform from usability and accessibility perspectives. Most of our assessment tend to be from either usability or accessibility perspective. Rarely we perform both type of assessments together when evaluating a library electronic resource.  Hopefully this workshop would provide some basic understanding on how to conduct the assessments, document the findings, and communicate them with the vendor/provider.