Emily R. Mitchell

Currently I’m the Assistant Library Director for Technology at the Public Library of Brookline.

Check out my CV over here, or read on to learn more about my interests.

Professional Interests

Website Usability / Design / Content Strategy / Information Architecture

I was Webmaster Librarian until 2017. The library website is a smaller portion of my job now, but still I’m always analyzing: How can we better structure, organize, and design web content so that it meets stakeholders’ needs? Users need to be able to locate and use content; library employees need to be able to promote the library and also keep content up to date and organized.

Balancing those needs requires solid content strategy, information architecture, web design skills, and user research / usability testing.

Web Accessibility

A website will never be usable if it isn’t accessible to all your users. And what’s the point of putting all the effort into building a website if it isn’t even going to be usable?

I got to attend a WebAIM training in Utah once (it was fantastic!), but accessibility is far from a one-and-done effort. It’s an ongoing process to ensure that new and updated content is structured / formatted to be as useful as possible to as many people in as many situations as possible.

Hobbies and Other Fun Stuff

Anything Involving Yarn

I love yarn. I use it for knitting, crocheting, weaving on my rigid heddle loom, tablet weaving, and anything else I can think of. I’ve written a couple of my own crochet patterns, which are available for free on Ravelry.

I also love variations on yarn. Did you know you can cut up plastic bags into strips and use it similarly to yarn? I wove some fabric that way and now I’m in the process of embroidering it (with more plastic-bag yarn) for a friend.

Playing French Horn

I started playing the horn when I was 10. There have been whole years at a time when I walked away from it–but I always come back. Lately I’ve joined a horn club, which means I have a chance to play all kinds of amazing music for horn ensemble (plus inspiration to practice more).