08 Sep 08 Senior Usability Officer

I am pleased to announce the promotion of Louise Gruenberg to the position of Senior Usability Officer.  Louise brings to this position formal training and experience in information architecture (wire frames, interaction design, card sorts); iterative design (scenario-based, rapid prototyping); discount engineering methods (task analysis, functional analysis, heuristic evaluations); and an essential understanding of the usability lifecycle.  She has been working on the implementation of the ALA’s new website design and information architecture with UserWorks (ALA’s Usability Consultants) and the Web Editorial Board.  She also has extensive understanding about how to work in the Serena Collage web content management system to create site structures, left hand navigation, contribution documents and metadata forms.  Her experience as an educator and trainer is another plus, as our Web developers work to convert their existing site sections and provide ongoing maintenance of them in compliance with the new Web Style Guide and Accessibility requirements.

Louise’s achievements with other organizations include analysis of an online university’s research tutorial for appropriate interaction and instructional design strategies, and management of a publications program for communications and training that included communications and print, intranet and interactive online employee awareness materials.

Louise has spoken on information architecture and usability topics at national conferences, including the Information Architecture Summit.

Louise has a M.S., Library and Information Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Master of Adult Education from National-Louis University, and B.A., Design & Experimental Educations & K-12 Teacher Certification in Art Instruction from Goddard College.  Louise’s expertise will be focused on the implementation of ALA’s new website design and information architecture.  She will be working with ALA’s content managers to target specific areas for immediate improvement.  She will also perform ongoing usability studies for the website as required.


Sherri Vanyek
Director, Information Technology & Telecommunication Services
American Library Association
50 East Huron
Chicago, IL. 60611

Phone: (800) 545-2433 x2437
Direct:  (312) 280-2437


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