About me

Great websites focus on the user

Hi. My name is Kim Vassiliadis. I am passionate about creating intuitive web experiences that work for their intended audiences. I have over fifteen years of experience designing and managing websites within higher education.

My user experience background stems from working in libraries and their rich digital collections.
I focused on making the library’s physical spaces and disparate online systems appear seamless and easy for researchers to navigate. Continuous feedback and input from end users informed our decisions.

A good website is more than just a pretty design. It requires a content strategy and user research. I have extensive experience creating in-person and web-based usability testing, content audits, survey design and facilitating focus groups.

I am currently the manager of Digital Services, a department within The University of North Carolina’s Campus IT division. Digital Services is responsible for the management and maintenance of Carolina’s 12,000+ site WordPress Multisite. I work with departments and schools from across campus and help them design or redesign their websites. While no two websites are alike, all clients want to produce usable websites that communicate useful information to their end users. I get the privilege of helping to determine what that means for each client.

Presentation / Publications

Presentations:

Designing for the Entire User Journey, edui in Charlottesville, Va. November 2015. Panel with Jill Heinz and Emily Daly.

Raising your Puppy and Domesticating Your Website, edui in Charlottesville, Va. November 2015. Co-presented with Chad Haefele

The User experience – not just about the website, TRLN Annual Meeting in Chapel Hill, NC July 2015. Co-presented with Chad Haefele

Responsive Approaches: Redesigning Websites for Duke, NCSU and UNC Libraries, TRLN Annual Meeting in Chapel Hill, NC July 2014. Co-presented with Emily Daly and Charlie Morris.

“Re-Imagining the Library Website Experience.” Computers in Libraries in Washington, DC. April 2014. Co-presented with Chad Haefele.

“Getting ‘Em on Board: Guiding Staff Through Times of Change.” edui in Richmond, Va. November 2013. Co-presented with Rebecca Blakiston.

“Getting ‘Em on Board: Guiding Staff Through Times of Change.” UNC Webmasters in Chapel Hill, NC. October 2013.

“Taming the Hydra: A Strategic Approach to Maintaining Libguides.” North Carolina Library Association Biennial Conference, in Winston-Salem, NC. October 2013. Co-presented with Emily King and Chad Haefele.

“LibGuides: Sustaining & Embedding Strategies.” Computers in Libraries in Washington, DC. April 2013.

“Developing Gold Star Librarians to Provide Excellent Public Service: A Comprehensive Training Model.” Librarians’ Association at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. March, 2012. Co-presented with Suchi Mohanty.

“Taming the Hydra: Prioritizing High‐Quality Subject Guide.” Librarians’ Association at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. March, 2012. Co-presented with Emily King.

“Focusing on Instruction.” North Carolina Library Association Biennial Conference in Hickory, NC. October 2011.

Together is Better: collaborative creation of an online tutorial” Lightning Talk @ TRLN Annual Meeting in Chapel Hill. July 2011.

“Designing for the Web”. TRLN Annual meeting in Chapel Hill. July 2009, Co-presented with Emily King.

“Personalizing the UNC Library”. LAUNC-CH Annual Conference in Chapel Hill, NC. March 2009. Co-presented with Jacqueline Solis.

“Beyond Volume Count: Exploring Evolving Tools for Evaluating Library Quality Presentation”. American Association of Law Libraries Annual Conference in Portland, OR. July 2008. Co-presented with Kumar Percy Jayasuriya; Barbara Bintliff; Frances M Brillantine

“Digital Reference in a Next Generation Union Catalog”. LIDA 2008: Libraries in the Digital Age in Dubrovnik, Croatia. June 2008. Co-presented with Pam Sessoms, Jacqueline Solis, and Lisa Norberg.

“Search TRLN Project”. TRLN Annual meeting in Chapel Hill. July 2007, (Co-presented with Derek Rodriquez and Emily Lynema.

“Mastering the Subtle Art of Library Instruction” Poster. ACRL Conference in Baltimore, April 2007. Co-presented with Lisa Norberg.

“Creating Instant Connections: Supporting Students’ Information Needs Through an Instant Messenger Reference Service”. UNC TLT Conference in Raleigh. March 2007. Co-presented with Suchi Mohanty.

Publications

Mohanty, S., Norberg L,. Vassiliadis, K. (2007). Sophisticated simplicity in e-learning : online instruction at UNC-Chapel Hill. In A. Daugherty and M. F. Russo (Eds.), Information literacy programs in the digital age. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries.

Markgren S., Dickinson, T., Leonard, A., Vassiliadis K., (2007). “The Five Year Itch: Are Libraries losing their Most Valuable Resources?”. Library Administration & Management 21 (2): 70-76.

Norberg, L.R., Vassiliadis, K., Ferguson, J., and Smith, N. (2005). “Sustainable Design for Multiple Audiences: The Usability Study and Iterative Redesign of the Documenting the American South Digital Library.” OCLC Systems & Services, 21(4): 285-299.

Vassiliadis, K. and Stimatz [Norberg] L.R. (2002). “The Instruction Librarian’s Role in Creating a Usable Web Site.” Reference Services Review, 30(4): 338-342