UX and Web Systems Job Postings at the University of Michigan Library

The following 3 positions are now available in the User Experience (UX) and Library Web Systems Departments. We’re looking for candidates who take a user-centered approach, have a passion for solving complex problems, and are invested in improving the library website user experience.

The U-M Library’s technology unit designs, develops, and supports the library’s primary web interfaces – including multiple websites, access systems, search apps, and mobile interfaces. These interfaces provide access to over 10 million physical and digital resources to more than 2 million users a month.

Interface Designer (UX Department)
Design beautiful, user-friendly, and accessible interfaces. Primary responsibilities include: creating wireframes, mockups, html prototypes, and complete visual designs and web-ready graphics.
View full job posting: http://umjobs.org/job_detail/80525/interface_designer

Interface Developer (Library Web Systems Department)
Design and implement accessible interfaces for one of the largest research libraries in the world. Primary responsibilities include ensuring the library’s web sites are accessible, implementing and refining interface designs, and developing responsive mobile-friendly interfaces to library resources.
View full job posting: http://umjobs.org/job_detail/81080/interface_developer

Web Content Strategist (UX Department)
Develop and oversee an overall content strategy for a large organization with 100+ content creators. Primary responsibilities include: assessing and improving current content and content workflows, curating and creating new web content, creating best practice and style guides, and informing design solutions and information architecture.
View full job posting: http://umjobs.org/job_detail/81076/web_content_strategist

Now hiring – MLibrary User Experience (UX) Specialist

We’re looking for an innovative, and talented user experience professional to join our User Experience (UX) Department. The ideal candidate will be someone with a passion for better understanding users, the ability to use creative problem solving skills to design engaging interfaces, and an investment in improving the library web experience.

The position is written more like a “generalist” than “specialist” because we’re a small department doing a wide-range of activities that span the entire development cycle. However, depending on the qualifications of the candidates, we’d consider revising the position to focus more on either design or research.

See the full position description for more information about the position and how to apply.

MLibrary UX Developer opening

Wanna work on UX and mobile development for MLibrary and HathiTrust?

The University of Michigan Library is seeking a talented front-end developer to join our User Experience (UX) Department. The UX Department focuses on interface design, mobile design and development, usability testing, user research, web use statistics, and accessibility. We are looking for someone with an investment in improving library users’ web experience. The primary focus of this position will be development of a variety of mobile websites.


iDesign student competition 2011

This is the second year of the University of Michigan Library’s iDesign competition. This year’s theme is virtual browsing and the challenge is to design an innovative tool which will enhance MLibrary’s discovery environment.

We received some fantastic entries! I especially appreciate the projects that employed UX research methods to inform their designs. If you are so inclined, you can vote on the projects or just have a look at the individual projects:


“…a recommender system could be developed to utilize this rich set of knowledge to curate subsets of the overall library collections, which could then be used to make recommendations to users. A large number of these subsets from across the university could be interconnected and used to surface new content to users, enhance their experience, and break down artificial barriers created by different subject areas.”

MyLibrary Mobile App

“Ever lend a book to a friend? Ever wish they would bring it back? Forget who you lent it to in the first place? MyLibrary will finally let you keep track of your personal collection.”

MLibrary Search
Designs for an improved multi-search interface

Aoide: Virtual Browsing Exploration for MLibrary Audio Collection

A-oi-de [ey-oi-dee] – noun: “A virtual browsing system that aims to facilitate new methods of interpreting search results through virtualized representations of audio CD materials for the University of Michigan’s Music Library.”


A visual browser for Askwith Media Library

MLibrary Mobile: Is that the library in your pocket?


We’ve been very hard at work over in the User Experience Department!

We started working on a year long mobile initiative in September and have officially wrapped our first phase of work. The result is a site that provides access to key library content and services in a mobile-friendly format. The site currently provides access to Mirlyn Mobile, a list of mobile friendly databases, library hours & locations, ask a librarian services, research guides, and news & events.

The above image is the basis of our promotional campaign. We’ll soon be distributing signs, bookmarks, and digital sign graphics all around campus. The idea for it came from the amazing Liene and then once I found a willing butt, I was able to turn the idea into the design above.

MLibrary Mobile

MLibrary Mobile Initiative Project page

MLibrary Mobile Qcode

UPDATE: I also wanted to mention that I’ve distributed print & screen promotions around to our various libraries and a few classroom buildings. These materials include a QR code to the mobile site. If you’re interested in seeing stats for scans of the QR code, here’s the bit.ly stats page: http://bit.ly/gLu272+

MLibrary & Print Design

Over a year ago Aaron over at Walking Paper blogged about the need for good print design in the library. Well, this inspired my to highlight some of the great design we have at the University of Michigan Library…and a year and a half later, I finally got around to it!

We are very fortunate to have a Director of Marketing and Communications, Liene Karels, who also happens to be a super designer. The quality of our promotional materials has increased tenfold since she started – I’m not really sure what we did before!

Here are some of my favorites. See the rest here.

Ask a Librarian service sign

For a good time come to the Library

MLibrary Love Pin

Copyright support postcard (front)

Finding images for print & web

I’m always on the lookout for nice AND free graphics to use in print and web design for the library. Here are a few of my favorite resources:


My first go to for images is the Flickr’s advanced search because it allows searching of images with Creative Commons licenses.


DeviantArt content includes photographs, Photoshop add-ons (brushes, textures, borders, graphics, etc.), animations, arts, crafts, and more. Most of the users make their resources free but request that you leave them a comment about how you used their work. www.deviantart.com

Open Clipart

OpenClipart.org is an archive of public domain clip art. This site offers a wide variety of clip art including vintage and retro illustrations and modern graphics. www.openclipart.org

Wikimedia Commons

“A database of 6,576,096 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute.” commons.wikimedia.org

Find Icons & Icon Finder

Search engines for interface icons. Looking for new icons for your web page or OPAC? findicons.com and www.iconfinder.com

From Old Books

“Scanned Images, Engravings and Pictures From Old Books. Over 2,600 high-resolution free images scanned from more than 160 different old or rare books.” www.fromoldbooks.org