Areas of Specialization

 

Web-Based Digital Libraries
I design and develop attractive, easy-to-use web-based multimedia digital libraries and collections. My skills and experience encompass all project phases, from user needs research and information architecture to programming and end-user evaluation.
UX Research & Design
All of my work is ultimately concerned with designing interfaces that provide people with access to data in a simple, clear, and satisfying way. I have a strong record of designing great user experiences through user research, interface and interaction design, and testing.
Digital Multimedia
I have specialized in digital video since the 1990's, with additional experience in still images. My skills and knowledge include multimedia metadata and indexing strategies; interfaces for viewing and previewing video and images; and tools for generating video previews.

 

Research and Technical Skills

 

Ruby / Ruby on Rails User experience design User experience research
HTML5 / CSS / jQuery Wireframes, mockups, sitemaps Lab- and field-based research methods
SQL / MySQL / Database design Rapid prototyping Qualitative & quantitative data analysis
Git / OSS development Responsive design / Visual design Synthesize, summarize, present findings

 

Professional Experience

 

Stanford University
User Experience Researcher & Designer, Stanford University Libraries, Palo Alto, CA
Conducted user research and designed and developed digital library products for Stanford University Libraries and the Revs Program at Stanford. Interviewed users, performed competitive analysis, extracted and prioritized user needs, designed information architecture (concept models, personas, sitemaps, wireframes), and did front-end development (Ruby on Rails) and visual design.
University of Texas at Austin
Assistant Professor, School of Information, Austin, TX
Managed multiple research projects, conducted user research, published and presented on research findings. Developed and taught six courses, supervised and advised doctoral and master's program students, served on academic committees, peer reviewed academic journals and conferences. Courses included: Database Management, Research Methods, Digital Libraries, Digital Media Collections, Doctoral Research & Theory, Digital Library Research.
Simmons College
Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Library & Information Science, Boston, MA
Wrote grant proposals, managed research group, and conducted user research on digital video. Developed and taught three courses in the Graduate School of Library & Information Science, advised students, served on academic committees, peer reviewed academic journals and conferences. Courses included: Database Management, Research Methods, Introduction to Information Technology.
Sony Computer Science Laboratory
Research Fellow, Tokyo, Japan
Conducted research in Sony’s CSL Interaction Laboratory, sponsored by a National Science Foundation fellowship. Collaborated with Sony researchers on a Web-based visualization project.
International Business Machines (IBM)
Software Engineer, Research Triangle Park, NC
Developed applications and documentation for several networking software products. Collaborated with small project teams to produce the first versions of IBM's WebSphere application server product. Wrote Java, JSP code; designed and developed sample applications that shipped with WebSphere.

 

Research & Consulting Experience

 

eMicrobes: A Digital Library for Learning Infectious Diseases
Co-Investigator
Led conceptual design, feature specification, information architecture, database design, and user experience design for a three-year NIH grant project to create a digital library for learning infectious diseases. Contributed to technical development, interaction design, and visual design of digital library. Co-authored NIH grant proposal to fund project.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Technical Consultant
Served as expert consultant in patent litigation case for Gibson Dunn client in motion picture industry. Reviewed patents and related materials, assessed litigation claims, advised on strategy.
Cultivating Digital Librarianship Faculty
Co-Primary Investigator
Co-authored successful $978,617 Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant proposal and co-managed four-year program to educate four full-time doctoral students to become leaders in digital librarianship. Developed program-specific graduate course, mentored doctoral students, documented and publicized program progress and activities.
Austin Historic Survey Web Tool
Co-Primary Investigator
Collaborated with the UT School of Architecture on technical design, information architecture, and grant writing for an innovative web application that will increase accuracy and comprehensiveness of historic resource surveys, to be operated by City of Austin upon completion. Co-authored several successful grant proposals to fund project.
The Central Lunatic Asylum for Colored Insane
Co-Investigator
Worked with the UT School of Social Work to advise on digitization and access issues in the development of a digital library for the large collection of historic organizational records of the first public mental hospital in the U.S. for persons of African descent.
The Open Video Digital Library Toolkit
Primary Investigator
Managed small project team for an open source software development project. Managed budgets, hired staff, wrote progress reports for funding agency, delivered presentations to communicate project goals and results. Conducted user needs analyses, developed conceptual design, led feature specification, information architecture, user experience design; contributed to programming and user interface design. Conducted lab- and classroom-based user research studies on completed product. Authored $272,179 grant proposal to fund project.
Archive of American Television
Technical Consultant
Co-conceptualized project to index, at a detailed level, a 600+ collection of multi-hour video interviews. Developed metadata schema, controlled vocabularies, and information architecture for wiki-based indexing system. Designed user experience for and coordinated development of customized project software.
Emerson College
User Experience Design Consultant
Co-conceptualized "Comedy Gateway Project," a collection of video interviews with American comedians indexed at a detailed level to provide broad range of access points to end users. Developed information architecture and user experience design documents, including sitemap, wireframes, click-through prototype, and functional web prototype.
VidArch: Preserving Video Objects and Context
Technical Consultant
Consulted on metadata schema development, cataloging, and digital video issues for National Science Foundation/Library of Congress grant project based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
iLumina Digital Library
User Experience Design Consultant
Designed and developed the information architecture, user experience, and visual design of NSF funded digital library, part of the larger National Science Digital Library (NSDL). Conceptualized ideas for user services, such as browsing, recommendations, and personalization. Wrote publications and presented on project at conferences.
The Open Video Project
Lead Developer/Designer
Led user experience design and technical development of the Open Video Project, an early web-based digital video library. Designed and developed several iterations of website and database. Managed contributions and video metadata. Conducted user studies, wrote publications, delivered conference presentations.

 

Federal Grant Funding

 

National Parks Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
$87,278 · Preserve America program
Co-Primary Investigator on grant: Austin Historical Survey Web Tool.
National Parks Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
$25,000 · National Center for Preservation Technology and Training program
Co-Primary Investigator on grant: Austin Historical Survey MOBILE: Optimizing a Survey Web Tool for Data Collection in the Field.
Institute of Museum and Library Services
$978,617 · Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program
Co-Primary Investigator on grant: Cultivating Digital Librarianship Faculty: Tomorrow’s Leaders in Research and Curriculum Development.
National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine
$413,087 · Knowledge Management & Applied Informatics program
Co-Investigator on grant: eMicrobes: A Digital Library for Learning Infectious Diseases.
Institute of Museum and Library Services
$272,179 · National Leadership program
Primary Investigator on grant: Digital Video Library Toolkit for Museums and Libraries with Limited Resources.

 

Other Grant Funding

 

Texas Historical Commission (via City of Austin)
$15,000
Co-Primary Investigator on grant: Austin Historical Survey Web Tool.
School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin
$9,000 · J.P. Commons Teaching Fellowship
Co-Primary Investigator on grant: Facilitating the Development of User-Generated Expressive Bibliographies.
Mike Hogg Urban Scholars Grant
$11,500
Co-Primary Investigator on grant: Wiki Participation in Preservation Planning.
School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin
$7,2000 · J.P. Commons Teaching Fellowship
Primary Investigator on grant: Development of Prototype Film Digital Library.
The University of Texas at Austin
Summer Research Assignment
Primary Investigator on grant: Understanding the Information Seeking Behavior of Intended Users of a Film Digital Library.

 

Education

 

Ph.D. in Information Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dissertation: AgileViews: A Framework For Creating More Effective Information Seeking Interfaces
Master of Science in Information Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Thesis: Using New Technology to Teach Art History: The Celtic Art & Cultures Project
Bachelor of Arts in Literature/Writing, cum laude
University of California, San Diego
Minors: Biology and Psychology

 

Awards

 

Writers Guild of America, Evelyn F. Burkey Award
Awarded to the Archive of American Television project [consultant].
Interactive Media Council's Outstanding Achievement in Website Development Award
Awarded to the Archive of American Television project [consultant].
Texas Exes Teaching Award
Awarded to an outstanding professor in each University of Texas at Austin school and college.
Vannevar Bush Best Paper Award
Awarded to best long format paper at the annual ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries [co-author].
EDUCAUSE Medal Award
Awarded to the Celtic Art & Cultures Project [designer/developer].
Summer Institute in Japan Fellowship
National Science Foundation Fellowship.

 

Selected Publications

 

  • Feinberg, M., Geisler, G., Whitworth, E., & Clark, E. (2012). Understanding Personal Digital Collections: An Interdisciplinary Exploration. In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2012), 200-209.
  • Geisler, G., Willard, G. & Ovalle, C. (2011). “A crowdsourcing framework for the production and use of film and television data.” New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia, 17(1), 73-97.
  • Geisler, G. & Burns, S. (2007). Tagging Video: Conventions and Strategies of the YouTube Community [poster]. In Proceedings of the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2007), 480.
  • Marchionini, G., Wildemuth, B. M., & Geisler, G. (2006). “The Open Video Digital Library: A Mobius Strip of Research and Practice.” Journal of the American Society of Information Science and Technology, 57(12), 1629-1643.
  • Wildemuth, B.M., Marchionini, G., Yang, M., Geisler, G., Wilkens, T., Hughes, A., & Gruss, R. (2003). How Fast Is Too Fast? Evaluating Fast Forward Surrogates for Digital Video. In Proceedings of the 3rd ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2003), 221-230.
  • Geisler, G., Giersch, S., McArthur, D., McClelland, M. (2002). Creating Virtual Collections in Digital Libraries: Benefits and Implementation Issues. In Proceedings of the 2nd ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2002).