Presentations

I speak regularly at national and regional conferences on topics ranging from open source systems to strategic planning and innovation in libraries and higher education. If you are interested in having me speak at your event or workshop, please take a look at my Speaking page and if interested, get in touch with me at vacekrae at gmail.com. Thanks!

Keynote Presentations

Vacek, Rachel. Keynote. “Re-Imagining the Library Website.” Re-Imagining the Library!, Oklahoma Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries Annual Conference, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, OK, November 6, 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1310

Vacek, Rachel. Keynote. “Preparing for Technological Changes within Academic Libraries.” Library Futures Series, Oklahoma State University Library, Stillwater, OK, November 13, 2012. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1370

Vacek, Rachel. Keynote. “New Technologies that Could Affect Libraries.” North Texas Conference on Library Technology, Decatur, TX, August 3, 2011. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1326

Vacek, Rachel. Keynote. “Funding Mobile Innovation in the Library: The Why and How.” Consortium of Academic Libraries and Learning Resources Spring Meeting, Houston, TX, April 29, 2010. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1353

Vacek, Rachel. Keynote. “The Current Landscape of Mobile Libraries.” Central Texas Library System Annual Technology Conference, Georgetown, TX, December 2009. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1355

Invited Presentations

Vacek, Rachel. “Challenges and Opportunities in Library Discovery” Big Ten Academic Alliance Conference on Discovery, Urbana-Champaign, IL, May 30-31, 2018. http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/143855

Vacek, Rachel. “Challenges and Opportunities in Customizing Library Repository User Interfaces.” Webinar by NISO and NASIG. March 14, 2018. http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/142785

Vacek, Rachel, Kat Palmer, and Iris Bierlein. “Smoothing the Path of the Research Journey: Designing for User Experience Excellence in Academic Libraries.” Webinar by Library Journal and Emerald Publishing. September 27, 2017. http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/138151

Vacek, Rachel. “The Changing Nature of Web Design and User Expectations and How Libraries Can Respond.” Houston Area Law Librarians Annual Meeting, South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX, April 8, 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1306

Vacek, Rachel. “Assessing Your Library Website Using User Research Methods and Other Tools.” Re-Imagining the Library!, Oklahoma Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries Annual Conference, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, OK, November 6, 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1318

Vacek, Rachel. “Library Websites of the Future.” Special Library Association Texas Chapter Annual Meeting, Rice University, Houston, TX, November 13, 2014. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1315

Vacek, Rachel, Ken Varnum, Victoria Estrada, and Annemarie Haar. “Content Management and Technical Infrastructure.” New Media Consortium Virtual Symposium on the Future of Libraries, Online, November 12, 2014.

Vacek, Rachel, Vince Lee, and Catherine Essinger. “Leadership in Professional Organizations.” Library Leadership Series, University of Houston Libraries, Houston, TX, June 5, 2014.

Vacek, Rachel. “Strategies for Identifying Collaborators & Writing Collaboratively.” Write Your Scholarly Publication Month Kick-off, University of Houston Libraries, Houston, TX, July 9, 2012.

Vacek, Rachel, and Richard Guajardo. “Web-Scale Discovery: Post Implementation.” Texas Library Association Annual Conference, Houston, TX, April 20, 2012. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1317

Vacek, Rachel. “Considerations for Your Mobile Library.” Texas Library Association Annual Conference, Houston, TX, April 17, 2012. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1319

Vacek, Rachel. “Overcoming the Challenges to Creating a Single Online User Experience.” Amigos Online Conference: Technology: Unexpected Consequences of Legislation and Policies in Libraries, February 8, 2012. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1320

Vacek, Rachel. “Considerations for Your Mobile Library.” North Texas Conference on Library Technology, Decatur, TX, August 3, 2011. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1327

Vacek, Rachel. “Giving Your CMS Users a Content Strategy and a Positive UX.” North Texas Conference on Library Technology, Decatur, TX, August 3, 2011. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1328

Vacek, Rachel. “The Future of Academic Libraries.” Scholarly Communications Forum: The Future of Libraries, Rice University, Houston, TX, July 21, 2010.

Presentations

Vacek, Rachel, Meghan Sitar, and Emily Puckett Rodgers. “Transforming an Organization through Service and Space Design Strategy.” Designing for Digital, Austin, TX, March 7, 2018. http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/142413

Vacek, Rachel, Zoe Chao, and Carrie Moran. “Fostering Great Experiences for UX-Tasked Student Workers.” Designing for Digital, Austin, TX, March 5, 2018. http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/142412

Vacek, Rachel, and Ken Varnum. “Customizing Discovery Interfaces: Understanding Users’ Behaviors and Providing Better Service.” Electronic Resources & Libraries, Austin, TX, March 5, 2018. http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/142719

Vacek, Rachel, Meghan Sitar, and Emily Puckett Rodgers. “Fostering Organizational Change through Service and Space Design Strategy.” Coalition for Networked Information Fall Membership Meeting, Washington DC, December 12, 2017. http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/139883

Vacek, Rachel, and Ken Varnum. “Own the User Experience: Provide Discovery for your Users.” Library & Information Technology Association Forum, Denver, CO, November 10, 2017. http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/139049

Vacek, Rachel, Eddie Neuwirth, Jesse Koennecke, and Jacquie Samples. “It’s Personal! One-size Discovery Does Not Fit All: Customizing Discovery at Michigan.” Electronic Resources & Libraries, Austin, TX, April 4, 2017. http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/136222

Vacek, Rachel, Josh Boyer, Debra Kolah, Courtney McDonald, and Nadaleen Tempelman-Kluit. “Can a UX Department Really Make a Difference?” Designing for Digital, Austin, TX, April 3, 2017. http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/136223

Vacek, Rachel. “Contextual Inquiry: How Ethnographic Research Can Impact the UX of Your Website.” Library & Information Technology Association Forum, Minneapolis, MN, November 14, 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1311

Vacek, Rachel. “Impact Your Library UX with Contextual Inquiry.” Texas Library Association District 8 Fall Conference, Houston, TX, September 26, 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1313

Vacek, Rachel, and Louis Rosenfeld. Interview. “LITA President’s Program: An Interview with Lou Rosenfeld.” American Library Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, June 28, 2015.

Vacek, Rachel, Santi Thompson, Annie Wu, Andy Weidner, and Sean Watkins. “Hitting the Road Towards a Greater Digital Destination.” Texas Conference on Digital Libraries, Austin, TX, April 27, 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1314

Vacek, Rachel, and R. Nicole Westbrook. “How to Rock the Planning Process for your Next Digital Library Web Project.” Texas Conference on Digital Libraries, Austin, TX, May 7. 2013. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1316

Vacek, Rachel, Jeannie Castro, and Kelsey Brett. “How to Build a Better Mousetrap or Developing an Easy, Functional ERM.” Charleston Conference, Charleston, SC, November 10, 2012. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1371

Vacek, Rachel, and Berika Williams. “Library Mobile Web Design: Tips, Tricks and Resources.” Texas Library Association District 8 Fall Conference, Houston, TX, October 22, 2011. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1321

Vacek, Rachel, Jason Battles, and Nina McHale. “Building a Single User Experience.” Internet Librarian, Monterey, CA, October 18, 2011. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1322

Vacek, Rachel. “Discovery at the University of Houston Libraries.” Part of larger program, “The Age of Discovery: Understanding Discovery Services, Federated Search, and Web-scale.” American Library Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, June 26, 2011. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1349

Vacek, Rachel. “Therapy for Your CMS: Improving the User Experience.” J. Boye Conference, Philadelphia, PA, May 4, 2011. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1350

Vacek, Rachel, and Anita Riley. “Bridging the Gap Between Print and Digital Environments.” Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference, Lee College, Baytown, TX, November 11, 2010. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1352

Vacek, Rachel. “Cool Tools to Help Libraries Bridge the Gap Between Print and Digital Environments.” Texas Library Association District 8 Fall Conference, Friendswood, TX, October 30, 2010. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1354

Vacek, Rachel, Catherine Essinger, Rosalind Alexander, and Christina Gola. “The Importance of Politics.” Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellows Program, University of Houston Libraries, Houston, TX, September 21, 2010.

Vacek, Rachel, and Robin Dasler. “Get Your Game On in Instruction.” Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference, Lee College, Baytown, TX, November 12, 2009. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1332

Vacek, Rachel, Christina Gola, and Robin Dasler. “The Current Landscape of Mobile Devices.” Texas Library Association District 8 Fall Conference, Sugar Land, TX, October 17, 2009. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1331

Vacek, Rachel, and Anna Creech. “Collaborating in the Clouds: The Tools.” Internet Librarian, Monterey, CA, October 26, 2009. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1334

Vacek, Rachel, and Robin Dasler. “iTouch and Go: Funding Innovation in the UH Libraries.” Internet Librarian, Monterey, CA, October 27, 2009. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1333

Vacek, Rachel, and Michael Porter. “Content Contribution & Distribution.” Internet Librarian, Monterey, CA, October 28, 2009. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1356

Vacek, Rachel. “Libraries Using Mobile Devices.” Unconference, American Library Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, July 10, 2009. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1357

Vacek, Rachel, and Michele Reilly. “Digital Libraries & Institutional Repositories.” Scholarly Communication Forum: The Future of Scholarly Communication, University of Houston, Houston, TX, June 2009.

Vacek, Rachel, Veronica Arellano, and Robin Dasler. “Research Where You Learn: Incorporating Research and Information Literacy Modules into WebCT.” University of Houston System ACE Conference on Student Success, Houston, TX, March 27, 2009. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1346

Vacek, Rachel, and Karen Coombs. “Mashing Up and Remixing the Library Website.” Internet Librarian, Monterey, CA, October 20, 2008. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1348

Vacek, Rachel. “Putting the Library Website in Their Hands: The Advantages and Challenges of a Homegrown Content Management System.” Library & Information Technology Association Forum, Cincinnati, OH, October 18, 2008. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1358

Vacek, Rachel. “Apps in Facebook & Google OpenSocial: Why Librarians Should Pay Attention.” BIGWIG Social Software Showcase, American Library Association Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA, June 25, 2008. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1359

Vacek, Rachel. “My Experience with the ALA Emerging Leaders Program.” Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, July 2006. https://www.slideshare.net/vacekrae/my-experience-with-the-ala-emerging-leaders-program

Virtual Presentations

Vacek, Rachel. “Impact the UX of Your Website with a Contextual Inquiry.” Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference, October 20, 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1312

Vacek, Rachel, and Anita Riley. “Seeing the Library through the Terminator’s Eyes: Augmented Reality.” Amigos Member Online Conference, May 18, 2011. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1329

Vacek, Rachel, and Anita Riley. “QR Codes and Augmented Reality Help Libraries Extend Services.” Trendy Topics Online Conference, March 16, 2011. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1351

Vacek, Rachel, Christina Gola, Robin Dasler, and Billy Hoya. “Mobile Innovations in the UH Libraries.” Handheld Librarian Online Conference II, February 18. 2010. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1330

Poster Presentations

Vacek, Rachel, Veronica Arellano, Miranda Bennett, Karen Coombs, and Robin Dasler. “The Library Makes Its Small Screen Debut: Using the iPod Touch to Trial Library Services on Mobile Devices.” Association of College & Research Libraries National Conference, Seattle, WA, March 2009. http://hdl.handle.net/10657/1347

Vacek, Rachel, Sandra Besselson, Chris Harris, Katy Herrick, and Wanda Nesbit. “Making the Library Workplace More Millennial Friendly.” American Library Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., June 2007.