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Are you designing for findability?

A couple weeks ago, I attended the fabulous UXPA [User Experience Professionals Association] Conference Redux, which was a one day recap of some of the best sessions at their International Conference.  Of all the sessions, one in particular was the most fascinating to me.  Jill MacNeice, a user experience professional and information architect at the Library of Congress, talked us through how the most famous library in the world had to–just like the rest of us–update their website so visitors can find what they need.  Read through the slide deck below.


Jill MacNeice – Design for Findability: metadata, metrics and collaboration on

The Library of Congress has 2.2 million digitized searchable items online, including 89,000 web pages, and catalog records, books, musical scores, films, newspapers and 1 million plus images. How does anyone ever find anything?In Design for Findability, I’ll talk about what the Library of Congress is doing on the interface, in the back end, and at the institutional level, to make content and objects on more findable. And I invite you to share your own efforts to enhance findability on your sites. The goal is to create a framework for findability that be used for many different types of sites.

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