November 30, 2015

Annette Bailey | Movers & Shakers 2013 — Tech Leaders

Xtra Help with LibX

Annette Bailey - Movers & Shakers 2013


Assistant Director for Electronic Resources and Emerging Technology Services
Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Libraries, Blacksburg

MLIS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001


Photo by Ron Wurzer/Getty Images for Library Journal

Around Virginia Tech University Libraries, Annette Bailey is known for her “determination, drive, intelligence, technical skills, and sheer moxie in serving end users,” in the words of nominator Carl Grant, who is executive advisor to the dean of university libraries Tyler Walters. These characteristics served Bailey well in steering a drive to deliver digital collections and services, launched when Walters came on board in March 2011. With no staff reporting to her at the time, Grant says, Bailey coordinated a diverse team within Virginia Tech’s technical services department to transform workflows and internal processes, as well as implement the library’s discovery tool.

Far beyond Virginia Tech, Bailey is hailed as the creator (with colleague Godmar Back) of LibX, the open source tool providing a solution for an all-too-common conundrum, i.e., library patrons scanning for web-based resources usually miss scholarly and library-owned materials altogether. A browser toolbar, LibX lets patrons search library resources—catalogs, databases, and more—directly from the web.

It “began in 2005 with the idea of creating an extension for the Firefox browser that would more fully integrate library resources into users’ web flow,” says Bailey. Now, LibX supports more than 1,000 libraries worldwide in six languages, with some 250,000 users. With the help of two Institute of Museum and Library Services Leadership Grants that Bailey led—for over $165,000 and $250,000—LibX added a plug-in for Internet Explorer, context menus, LibX Edition Builder, which allows librarians to tailor their own versions of the tool, and more. LibX2.0 enables a link to chat (or embedded chat) for Firefox and Google Chrome. Bailey and Back won the American Library Association’s 2007 LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award for their ­innovations.

What’s next for Bailey? “I’m dreaming of technology that reflects our users,” she says. “I think the technology is still emerging to…help…our users when and where they most need us.”

Craft Exceptional Digital Experiences for Your Users
Digital UX LJ and ER&L present an exceptional roster of library and user experience (UX) experts for our newest online course, Digital UX Workshop: Crafting Exceptional Digital Experiences for the User-Centered Library. During this 5-week online workshop, you will explore why UX matters, and how to sell user-centered design (UCD) to leadership within your organization. Whether you want to redesign your website, revamp your user interface, create a new discovery tool, implement e-resources, or develop a mobile app—you’ll have a tangible product by the end of the course.
Lead the Change logoLTC register Lead the Change
Library Journal's Lead the Change offers timely resources and tools to stay ahead of the innovations and changes impacting the library profession. Library staff at all levels can participate in hands-on live events, access insightful on-demand webcasts, and enroll in LTC Leadership Academy - Online, a new online learning program that will help staff learn essential skills to advance their careers, solve problems unique to their libraries, and put strategic plans into action. LEARN MORE