OpenAthens, which enables easy access to knowledge through single sign-on, has opened applications for the Best Publisher User Experience Award. The awards, now in its third year, put the spotlight on publishers striving to put their users at the heart of their service design. The industry accolade aims to showcase best practice in providing ease of access to published online content.
Amongst other things, applications should demonstrate: evidence of user experience research; good user experience design; tangible evidence of learner and researcher engagement; improved simple, seamless user journey; the value, impact and ROI of changes to the user experience; and plans for future development. The deadline for entries is November 30, 2021.
OpenAthens will announce the winner at its annual Access Lab 2022 conference which will take place online on March 22 next year.
Chaired by Jane Charlton from OpenAthens, the judging panel includes several high-profile industry experts. These include: Todd Carpenter, executive director at NISO; Russell Palmer, assistant director at GALILEO virtual library; Andy Priestner, trainer and consultant in UX research and design; Bryony Ramsden, subject librarian – human and health sciences, University of Huddersfield; and Heather Staines, publisher outreach, SeamlessAccess.
OpenAthens will announce the shortlist of finalists in early January. Finalists will then submit evidence of learner and researcher attitudes and reactions to changes in user experience later that month.
This will be followed by a 10-minute case study presentation at a finalist’s webinar in March, ahead of the Access Lab conference.
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