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Applications for Best Publisher User Experience Award are open!

Jane CharltonBy Jane Charlton
Category - News

Monday 5th August 2019

We have just opened applications for our Best Publisher User Experience Award.

We’re looking for you to demonstrate how you’ve put the needs and experiences of your users first.

This initiative aims to celebrate best practice in our field and inspire other publishers across the world to put the user journey at the heart of their services.

How do you apply?

The deadline for applications is Monday 30 September . The winner will be announced at our OpenAthens Conference in March 2020.

In your submissions, please show us:

  • the reasons behind the changes to user experience in your digital services
  • how you engaged with users during the project
  • the changes and benefits to your users
  • any cross-team or external collaboration​
  • the value, impact and ROI of your changes to your user experience​
  • any potential plans for future development?

How will it work?

Librarians and end users will lead the initial round of voting which will inform the decisions made by our panel of information industry experts. The panel will include Jisc’s senior digital content and UX manager Rich West, and Andrew Preistner, trainer and consultant from UXinLibraries. We will reveal the shortlisted publishers in February next year. The finalists will then present their work as a 10-minute case study during a webinar ahead of our conference.

What’s the inspiration behind the award?

We recently participated in the RA21 initiative and actively support the new ‘Recommended practices for improved access to institutionally-provided information resources’. This project was established to encourage publishers to engage with the access issues that librarians and their users are experiencing. Because this is so important to us, we decided to create this award to celebrate the efforts of publishers engaging in this initiative and pledge our ongoing commitment to providing simple access to knowledge for the benefit of all.

Our chief commercial officer Mike Brooksbank had a few words to say after the launch of this award: “We’re thrilled to launch the Best Publisher User Experience Award and are looking forward to representatives from across the information industry participating; from publishers, librarians and users, to industry experts, software providers and UX designers.

“OpenAthens works hard to help drive innovation in the information industry and to make access to knowledge as easy as possible for end users. With this award we hope to continue raising the awareness and importance of simplifying access to valuable digital resources.

“We’re calling for online publishers to get in touch today and tell us why they think they deserve the accolade.”

Find out more about our Best Publisher User Experience Award and to submit your entry by 30 September 2019.

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