Sika Berger

User Experience Librarian

Contact & Office Hours

Monday to Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Young Library, YGB204

413-585-2963

Education

M.L.S., Kent State University

International Graduate Summer School, College of Librarianship Wales

A.B., Communication Studies, Oberlin College

A member of the Digital Strategies & Services and the Teaching, Learning & Research groups, Sika works with students, faculty and staff in a number of ways. She listens to library users, explores scenarios and patterns of usage, and gathers and reports on data. She provides assistance in planning and leads UX studies, and supports user-centered design for virtual as well as physical services and spaces.

As a teaching librarian Sika works with individuals and classes to coach, instruct, and facilitate research and information literacy sessions. She collaborates with faculty liaisons to develop collections, primarily in the social sciences, and helps library users with challenges at all levels. Sika also promotes opportunities for learning and sharing among Libraries staff. Recognizing the variety of experiences and expectations users bring to the library, she concentrates on addressing their needs and pursuing innovative solutions to problems.

Sika's paraprofessional and professional library career began in Audiovisual Services, Reference and Government Documents at Oberlin College. She led the Government Information unit and coordinated online searching as a Reference Librarian at Tufts University. At Smith Sika's position evolved from Documents/Reference librarianship to developing the LIbraries' early digital presence and virtual reference services, to leadership of the Digital Services Team and website redesign before concentrating on UX, always teaching and acting as liaison to several disciplines.

Committees

Five College User Experience Committee, Libraries Web Team, Libraries New Student Orientation Group

Research Interests

User-centered design, technology trends for higher education, meta-literacies, feminist pedagogy, critical librarianship

Professional Affiliations

American Library Association (ALA), Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), Library Information Technology Association (LITA), Beta Phi Mu: International Honor Society for Library & Information Science