A year and a half ago, I announced that some colleagues and I had started an Open Access, Peer-reviewed journal dedicated to Library User Experience. WeaveUX was born out of the frustration of not having a place for library user experience practitioners to have rigorous discussions about the theory and practice of our work. Of course, UX articles have appeared in many of library literature’s pantheon, but because the venue is never UX related, the articles always spent a lot of time just trying to explain what user experience is, and rarely seemed to get beyond usability testing.
I hope those days are over, since last week we put out the first issue of Weave: The Journal of Library User Experience.
We launched with two peer-reviewed articles, one each by Scott Young of Montana State University and Amy Deschenes of Simmons College. In addition, we have several additional articles in our non-traditional “review” section, the Dialog Box. I hope you’ll take some time to read the issue, and let us know what you think.
We’re already hard at work on our second issue, which will be published in March, 2015. We have a few articles making their way through the peer reviewers and editing stations, but we could always use more. If you have something to share with your UX colleagues, please submit an article or a pitch, even if you think no one else will care about it. I guarantee we will (or we’ll help you craft it into something folks will love).
This journal was the brain child of editor Kyle Felker, board member Aaron Schmidt, and me, and took shape under the guidance of an exceptionally talented editorial board, the ever-creative Dialog Box editor Pete Coco, and the steadfast guidance of the great folks at Michigan Publishing. A round of applause, if you will!