Director of Usability and Assessment, Yale University Library
Research Interests: Metadata and challenges of language within the library catalog
Kathleen Bauer has worked at the Yale University Library for 12 years in a range of positions, and her work there has included creating the nursing library and the library's new office for Usability and Assessment, and one year researching user search behavior as a National Library of Medicine Informatics fellow. In her current position she works closely with the web manager and public services staff in the library and the university to ensure that user assessment is done for all new and continuing digital projects at the Yale Library, and that user-centered standards are created and followed. Her work has included usability testing of federated search tools, next gen OPAC, image databases, ebooks and ejournal search interfaces (for more information see http://www.library.yale.edu/usability). Her current research is centered on using search log analytics to focus on user search behavior and how it relates to the metadata provided in library systems.
Prior to coming to Yale Kathleen taught math at the Sage Colleges in New York. She has an MLS from the State University of New York at Albany, an MS in Applied Math from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BA from Mount Holyoke College. She lives in Connecticut with her two teenage children, husband, mother, a coonhound dog and a cat.