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NISO Webinar: Taking Your Website Wherever You Go: Delivering Great User Experience across Multiple Form Factors

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

System Requirements: 

  • NISO has developed a quick tutorial, How to Participate in a NISO Web Event. Please view the recording, which is an overview of the web conferencing system and will help to answer the most commonly asked questions regarding participating in an online Webex event.
  • You will need a computer for the presentation and Q&A.
  • Audio is available through the computer (broadcast) and by telephone. We recommend you have a set-up for telephone audio as back-up even if you plan to use the broadcast audio as the voice over Internet isn't always 100% reliable.
  • Please check your system in advance to make sure it meets the Cisco WebEx requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that your system is properly set up before each webinar begins.


About the Webinar

The increased utilization of mobile devices for content consumption places demands on publishers to be more adept at engaging on mobile devices. As the device market has changed, size, capability, and usability of the devices continue to evolve rapidly. The capability of the web sites needs to keep pace with the changing market both in terms of rendering content on devices and managing the access to the content.

One of the first waves of design called for using custom Apps for mobile devices. Many of the early adopters learned quickly that App maintenance consumed more resources that anyone had predicted.

Access management is another consideration for the mobile experience. Simply put, publishers want be sure that users are authorized to have access to content. In the academic environment, the task is particularly troublesome because students are transient and very mobile. Rather than setting up onerous, session based manual login processes, content providers, usually enabled by hosting companies, have developed techniques to “pair” devices with authentication systems to ensure that access is available when requested, but not extended past a designated time frame. Management of this capability should be transparent intermediaries, such as librarians, but available for management should the need arise.

In this NISO Webinar, speakers will discuss multiple form factors including responsive web design and responsive design with server side components, that help institutions deliver a great experience to their users.


Nettie Lagace, Associate Director for Programs, NISO

Road to RESS and beyond
Marty Picco, Vice President of Product Management, 

Marty leads the Product Management team at Atypon and is responsible for product management of all aspects of Atypon’s platform. Marty is responsible for founding and leading multiple companies through liquidity and repeatedly achieved significant industry firsts with over twenty years’ experience in digital media, ranging from computer graphics to digital TV to mobile apps. He joined Atypon in 2009 to lead mobile product development. Marty has a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Cornell Stanford Executive Program.

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Providing Information across Multiple Devices to the Public Health Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities
Hathy Simpson, MPH, Public Health Information Specialist, Project Coordinator, Public Health Partners Website Project, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NN/LM NER), University of Massachusetts Medical School

Lisa Sedlar, Librarian, National Information Center for Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR), National Library of Medicine

Public health workers are increasingly using mobile technology to access information. PHPartners.org, the web portal of the Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce, has implemented a responsively designed website to allow users to access and easily view the same information across multiple devices including mobile phones, tablets, and desktop computers. This webinar will present an overview of the benefits of responsive web design, the challenges to implementation, and future developments.

E. Hatheway (Hathy) Simpson, MPH, is the Public Health Information Specialist and Project Coordinator of the Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce Website (http://PHPartners.org) Project under contract with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She develops, manages, and organizes content for the web portal to enable the effective use of information for public health practice. She developed a portal of evidence-based public health resources, http://library.umassmed.edu/ebpph, at the Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical School, and coordinated a program to provide public health professionals with access to full-text journal articles. Her work focuses on improving awareness of and access to information resources for public health practice. Hathy has developed and conducted training programs and continuing education classes for public health professionals, students, and health information specialists on evidence-based information resources. Her previous experience includes managing a research study that assessed the information needs of public health professionals and providing reference services at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Library. She has a Masters of Public Health from the University of Connecticut Health Center and a B.A. in Biology from Colby College.

Lisa Sedlar, MLIS, MT (ASCP), is a librarian in the National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH). She works on the Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce website, http://PHPartners.org. She coordinates the Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries (SEQs). The SEQs (http://phpartners.org/hp2020/index.html) are PubMed searches developed by librarians with subject expertise to assist the public health workforce in finding peer-reviewed information to address the Healthy People 2020 objectives. She also works with librarians to address any public health gaps in the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), which influences the index terms applied to articles indexed for Medline within PubMed. Previous experience was working in a clinical laboratory, assisting an oncologist. She has a Masters of Library and Information Science from Kent State University and a B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science from Kent State University.

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Meeting Your Customer Where They Are with Responsive Design
Bobby Foster, Director of User Experience & Design, Health Learning, Research & Practice, Wolters Kluwer

With more and more users shifting from desktop computers to mobile technologies, it is important for content and service providers to focus on how they can best serve their customers in the mobile space. Understanding the customer and how they want your product or service to fit into their evolving workflow is critical. Responsive design is a great solution for many providers to be able to maintain their content more easily, but it is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Providers need to think mobile first and deliver the content and features customers will actually use on a mobile device.

Bobby Foster has been a pioneer in web design and user experience design since 1995. Currently the Director of User Experience for Wolters Kluwer Health, Bobby is an expert in creating and delivering holistic, enterprise-wide, customer-centric solutions. He is engaged in user research and in developing products using multiple methodologies such as RUP, Agile, and Extreme. Bobby prides himself as the perfect liaison between customers, business stakeholders and developers be being a strong advocate for usability and having a strong understanding of web technologies.


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Registration closes on June 10, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. (ET)

Registration Costs 

  • NISO Member
    • $95.00 (US and Canada)
    • $109.00 (International)
  • NASIG Member
    • $95.00
  • Non-Member
    • $125.00 (US and Canada)
    • $149.00 (International)
  • Student
    • $49.00

Additional Information

  • Registration closes at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on June 10, 2015. Cancellations made by June 3, 2015 will receive a refund, less a $25 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.
  • Registrants will receive detailed instructions about accessing the webinar via e-mail the Monday prior to the event. (Anyone registering between Monday and the close of registration will receive the message shortly after the registration is received, within normal business hours.) Due to the widespread use of spam blockers, filters, out of office messages, etc., it is your responsibility to contact the NISO office if you do not receive login instructions.
  • If you have not received your Login Instruction email by 10:00 a.m. (ET) on the Tuesday before the webinar, at please contact the NISO office or email Juliana Wood, Educational Programs Manager at jwood@niso.org for immediate assistance.
  • Registration is per site (access for one computer) and includes access to the online recorded archive of the webinar. You may have as many people as you like from the registrant's organization view the webinar from that one connection. If you need additional connections, you will need to enter a separate registration for each connection needed.
  • If you are registering someone else from your organization, either use that person's e-mail address when registering or contact Juliana Wood to provide alternate contact information.
  • Library Standards Alliance (LSA) members receive one free webinar connection as part of their membership and DO NOT need to register for the event for this free connection. Your webinar contact will receive the login instructions the Monday before the event. You may have as many people as you like from the member's library view the webinar from that one connection. If you need additional connections beyond the free one, then you will need to enter a paid registration (at the member rate) for each additional connection required.
  • Webinar presentation slides and Q&A will be posted to the site following the live webinar.
  • Registrants and LSA member webinar contacts will receive an e-mail message containing access information to the archived webinar recording within 48 hours after the event. This recording access is only to be used by the registrant's or member's organization.