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.
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. 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.
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 have the privilege of helping to determine what that means for each client.
I'm responsible for Digital Services, a department within Information Technology Services (ITS) and for providing strategic direction to enhance digital user experience across the university.Strategic Direction for the University:
I manage Digital Services, a department within Information Technology Services (ITS). We provide design, development, and web content management services to central IT and the university community. Digital Services is responsible for the management and maintenance of Carolina’s 12,000+ site WordPress Multisite. I work with groups across campus to help them create or redesign their web precense. Our customers range from individual students and professors creating a self-service WordPress site to large departments and schools managing customized websites.
I managed a small team and directed the development of the library’s web presence. I focused on enhancing the user’s experience and finding ways to make disparate systems with different interfaces appear seamless and easier for researchers to navigate. I was responsible for identifying trends in user behavior and directing web usability and assessment activities. I served as a resource for staff and an advocate for user needs. Because our work often brought about changes and improvements to workflows and interfaces, I ensured that our decisions based on user research were communicated to partners and stakeholders.
I served as the point person for the library's usability studies. I designed and developed interfaces for the library’s website and oversaw the development and maintenance of the library’s online instructional modules and tutorials. I conducted tailored instruction sessions related to information literacy, web design, web development, and the Adobe Design suite. I managed all day-to-day and administrative functions of the Library’s Design Lab, including scheduling; hiring; training; supervising graduate student assistants; and planning for new hardware and software based on current and anticipated demand.
I was Responsible for the design and maintenance of the library’s web site. I coordinated the library’s instruction program, delivered instruction and provided reference to students, faculty, and staff. I served as the library liaison for the Writing Center.
University of Texas at Austin
Master's in Library & Information Science
Bachelor of Arts: English & Communications
Building Accessibility into your Digital Landscape, edui in Charlottesville, NC. October 2018.
Improving Usability with Accessibility, We Are NC Gov. #1 in Raleigh, NC. May 2018
The Decentralized University: Improving Digital Experiences One Site at a Time, edui in Charlottesville, Va. September 2017.
Let's talk Accessibility, Carolina Technology Consultants (CTC) Retreat in Chapel Hill, NC, October 2016. Roudtable moderator with Rachell Underhill
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, Carolina Technology Consultants (CTC) Retreat in Chapel Hill, NC, October 2015. Co-presented with Daniel Pshock
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.
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
I work with WordPress everyday. I love WordPress, but I wanted to try something different - a little more lightweight. I wanted a website that didn’t require a lot of upkeep. This site was created with Jekyll, a website generator that’s designed for building minimal, static websites or blogs that can be hosted on GitHub Pages. This means, no database, no CMS, secure (well, more secure than a lot of WP sites since it is so stripped down), and super fast.
This is my first attempt at working with Jekyll. I read some documentation, picked an attractive bootstrap template and just went from there. It is fun to play with markup again.