Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

User Experience of the Web
Library Service Design
Social Media and Online Communities

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor — Digital Initiatives Librarian • Montana State University • July 2013-Present

As a tenure-track faculty member in the Library Informatics & Computing Department, I lead user experience research and web analytics reporting and analysis. My work focuses on front-end web development, information architecture, social media, and user experience.

Instructor — Digital Initiatives Librarian • Montana State University • January 2012-June 2013

As a non-tenure-track faculty member on the Digital Access and Web Services team, my work focused on website desaffaign and development, digital libraries, social media, and user experience.


New York University • MA, Archives and Public History • 2011

Long Island University • MLIS, Palmer School • 2011

Georgetown University • Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classics • 2005-2007

University of Minnesota • BA, Classical Archaeology, Summa Cum Laude • 2005

Book Publications

Improving the Visibility and Use of Library Resources through Social Media Optimization, co-authored with Doralyn Rossmann. Forthcoming from ALA TechSource.

Building Community with Social Media, co-edited with Doralyn Rossmann. Forthcoming from Rowman & Littlefield.

Article Publications (Peer-reviewed)

Mannheimer S, Young SWH, Rossmann D. 2016. On the Ethics of Social Network Research in Libraries. Journal of Communication, Information, and Ethics in Society. (Accepted, In Press)

Young SWH. 2016. Speed Matters: Performance Improvements for Library Websites. Weave: Journal of Library User Experience. 1(4).

Rossmann D, Young SWH. 2015. Social Media Optimization: Making Library Content Shareable and Engaging. Library Hi Tech. 33(4).

Clark JA, Young SWH. 2015. Building a Better Book in the Browser (Using Semantic Web technologies and HTML5). Code4Lib Journal. 29.

Young SWH, Rossmann D. 2015. Building Library Community Through Social Media. Information Technology and Libraries. 34(1):20–37.

Young SWH. 2014. Improving Library User Experience with A/B Testing: Principles and Process. Weave: Journal of Library User Experience. 1(1).

Rossmann D, Rossmann B, Meadow K, Young S, Notess G. 2012. Did We Get What We Paid For? An Institutional Assessment of User Behavior, User Expectations, and System Performance of Web Scale Discovery Tools. In: Proceedings of the 2012 Library Assessment Conference Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment. Charlottesville, VA; p. 471–484.

Article Publications (Non Peer-reviewed)

Rossmann D, Young SWH. 2015. Using Social Media to Build Community. Computers in Libraries. 35(4):18–22.

Young SWH, Tate AM, Rossmann D, Hansen MA. 2014. The Social Media Toll Road: The Promise and Peril of Facebook Advertising. College & Research Library News. 75(8):427–434.

Arlitsch K, Obrien P, Clark JA, Young SWH, Rossmann D. 2014. Demonstrating Library Value at Network Scale: Leveraging the Semantic Web With New Knowledge Work. Journal of Library Administration. 54(5):413–425.

Clark J, Marriott R, Custer S, Adams E, Bonnand S, Miller T, Young S, Hendrikx J. 2012. A Searchable Digital Archive of ISSW Proceedings is Available Online! In: Proceedings, 2012 International Snow Science Workshop. Anchorage, AK; p. 807–813.


Young SWH (2016) Library Web Performance Data [dataset]. Montana State University ScholarWorks.

Young SWH, Schuld A (2015) Library Website Usability and User Emotional Response Data [dataset]. Montana State University ScholarWorks.

Young SWH (2014) A/B Testing Web Analytics Data [dataset]. Montana State University ScholarWorks.

Presentations – International Conferences

Online Community Building in an Academic Context: A University Library Case Study,” with Doralyn Rossmann. Social Media and Society – International Annual Conference. Halifax, NS. September 2013. *

Presentations – National Conferences

Reading the Reader: Building a User-Centered Publishing Prototype in a Web Browser,” with Jan Zauha and Michelle Gollehon. Library Publishing Forum. Denton, TX. May 2016 *

Understanding Understanding: Implementing Design-Focused Service Initiatives at Your Library,” with Kris Johnson, Joe Marquez, Annie Downey. Designing for Digital. Austin, TX. April 2016. *

The Fast and The Furious: Performance Enhancements for Improving the User Experience of Library Websites,” with Krista Godfrey. DLF Forum. Vancouver, BC. October 2015. *

“Disrupting the Status Quo: New Models & Technologies for Scholarly Communication.” Panel discussion. Advancing Research Communication and Scholarship. Philadelphia, PA. April 2015.

Your Chocolate is in My Peanut Butter! Mixing up Content and Presentation Layers to Build Smarter Books in Browsers with RDFa,, and Linked Data Topics,” with Jason Clark. Code4Lib. Portland, OR. February 2015. *

Using Sentiment Analysis of Twitter to Develop Strategies for Library Data Sharing Partnerships,” with Sara Mannheimer. CNI. Washington, DC. December 2014. *

Share and Share Alike: Applying Social Media Optimization (SMO) to Enhance Web Content and Connect with Users,” with Doralyn Rossmann. LITA Forum. Albuquerque, NM. November 2014. *

Linked Data is People: Using Linked Data to Reshape the Library Staff Directory,” with Jason Clark. Access. Calgary, AB. September 2014. *

Transforming Community with a Strategic Social Media Program,” with Doralyn Rossmann. CNI. St. Louis, MO. March-April 2014. *

“Strategic Social Media: Creating Library Community Online,” with Mary Anne Hansen, Doralyn Rossmann, and Angela Tate. Pre-conference workshop at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting. Philadelphia, PA. January 2014.

Building a Better Book (In the Browser): Using HTML5 to Transform and Unlock Book Content,” with Jason Clark. CNI. Washington, DC. December 2013. *

Using A/B/n Testing to Improve the User Experience of Library Websites.” LITA Forum. Louisville, KT. November 2013. *

Metadata First: Using Structured Data Markup and the Google Custom Search API to Outsource Your Digital Collection Search Index,” with Jason Clark. DLF Forum. Austin, TX. November 2013. *

Building a Better Book (In the Browser): Using HTML5 to Transform and Unlock Book Content,” with Jason Clark. Access. St. John’s, Newfoundland. September 2013. *

Presentations – Local and Regional Conferences

Love Us in Person? LIKE us on Facebook! Social Media Strategies for Engaging your Patrons,” with Angela Tate, Mary Anne Hansen, and Doralyn Rossmann. Montana Library Association – Annual Conference. Bozeman, MT. April 2015.

“Social Media for Libraries,” with Angela Tate. Tribal College Librarians Professional Development Institute – Annual Meeting. May 2013.

“Digital Access & Preservation.” Panel Discussion. Montana Academic Libraries Symposium. April 2013.


Presentations – Online Venues

“Hook ‘Em & Keep ‘Em: How Trout U. is Engaging Library Users through Social Media to Build Community,” with Ryer Banta and Mary Anne Hansen. PNR Rendevous webcast hosted by the Pacific Northwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. March 2016.

“Improving Website User Experience with A/B Testing.” Workshop hosted by ALA TechSource. June 2015.

“Library UX: Creating Usable and Useful Websites,” with Aaron Schmidt. Webcast panel discussion hosted by Library Journal. October 2014.

“Building Library Community through Social Media,” with Doralyn Rossmann. Webinar hosted by ACRL. September 2014.

“Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Libraries,”with Kenning Arlitsch, Jason Clark, and Patrick O’Brien. Workshop hosted by ALA-LITA. July 2014.

“All Aboard – The Party’s Starting! Setting a Course for Social Media Success,”with Mary Anne Hansen, Doralyn Rossmann, and Angela Tate. Webinar hosted by ALA-LITA. August 2013, April 2014.

“Welcome to the Machine: Making Digital Library Collections Findable by People and Bots Using SEO,, and HTML5 Microdata,” with Jason Clark. HTML5 and CSS3: Ready for Prime Time? Conference session hosted by Amigos Library Services. February 2013.

Invited Blog Posts

Young SWH. “On the Spirit of Creative Exploration at DPLAfest 2015”. Digital Public Library of America. 21 May 2015.

Young SWH, Clark JA. “CNI Fall 2013 Reflection”. Digital Library Federation. 28 March 2014.

Young SWH. “DLF Forum 2013—Thoughts from a New Librarian”. Digital Library Federation. 25 November 2013.

Young SWH, Clark JA, OBrien P, Arlitsch K. “Metadata First: Using Structured Data Markup and the Google Custom Search API to Outsource Your Digital Collection Search Index”. Digital Library Federation. 5 September 2013.

Grant Activity

Radian Data Education and Advocacy Portal, with Sara Mannheimer and Ryer Banta • $1,500 • Awarded April 2016 • Funded by Force11

The Inclusive Library Experience: Participatory Design with Native American Students • Principle Investigator • $7,220 • April 2016 – April 2017 • Funded by Montana State University Office of the Provost, Native American Recruitment and Retention Initiatives

Twitter Sentiment Analysis for Research Data Services • Co-Principle Investigator, with Sara Mannheimer • $4,480 • September 2015 – September 2016 • Funded by Montana State University, Faculty Excellence Grant

Building a Better Book (in the Browser) • Jason Clark – Principle Investigator • $24,924 • 5% Effort • October 2014 – October 2015 • Funded by the Institute Museum & Library Services (IMLS), Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries • Grant Number: SP-02-14-0002-14

Transforming Practice to Enable Community Building: Creating a Social Media Community Building Toolkit • Co-Principle Investigator, with Doralyn Rossmann • $231,671 • Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), 2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program • Unfunded

Measuring Up: Assessing Accuracy of Reported Use and Impact of Digital Repositories • Kenning Arlitsch — Principle Investigator • $500,000 • 5% Effort • December 2014 – December 2017 • Funded by the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), National Leadership Grants for Libraries • Grant Number: LG-06-14-0090-14

Getting Found: Search Engine Optimization for Digital Repositories, Kenning Arlitsch — Principle Investigator • $878,820 • 11% Effort • November 2011 – October 2014 • Funded by the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), National Leadership Grants for Libraries

Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success, Summer 2013 – Summer 2014 • Funded by the Institution of Museum and Library Services and sponsored by the American Library Association’s Association of College and Research Libraries

Teaching Activity

LSCI 491: Contemporary Approaches to Community Building Using Social Media

3-credit course for MSU undergraduate students, Spring term 2016. Syllabus.

LSCI 121: Library Research Skills

2-credit course for MSU undergraduate students, Spring term 2015. Syllabus [PDF].

Latin Teaching Apprenticeship • University of Georgia • Spring 2008

A practical apprenticeship in teaching elementary Latin at all levels of secondary and post-secondary education through discussions, readings, class observations, test- and lesson-plan design, and practice teaching.

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant • University of Minnesota • Fall 2004 – Spring 2005

GRK 1001, Beginning Classical Greek I

GRK 1002, Beginning Classical Greek II

Professional Service

Review Panelist • Institute of Museum and Library Services • 2016 National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program

DLF AIG Web Analytics Working Group

Peer Reviewer • Weave: The Journal of Library User Experience

Interface and Usability Design-Infrastructure Group • FY2015 • Orbis Cascade Alliance

Peer Reviewer • 48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences

University Service

Faculty Affairs • September 2013 – September 2016

Faculty Senate • September 2016 – Present

University Web Advisory Council • February 2012 – Present

Library Service

Application Development Working Group • July 2015 – Present

Design Research Working Group • July 2015 – Present

Digital Content Group • January 2012 – January 2014

Library Experience Group (Chair) • September 2015 – Present

Intranet Working Group (Chair) • April 2014 – April 2015

Public Services Group • January 2012 – March 2014; September 2014 – August 2015

Scholarly Communication Group • June 2012 – July 2015

Semantic Web Group • February 2013 – Present

Service Design Task Force • 2015

Social Media Group • June 2012 – Present

Technical Services Group • January 2012 – December 2013

User Experience Group (Chair) • January 2012 – August 2015

Web-scale Discovery Task Force • January 2012 – July 2014

Conference Attendance

Access • 2013, 2014

ALA Midwinter Meeting • 2014

Advancing Research Communication and Scholarship • 2015

Coalition for Networked Information • Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014

Code4Lib • 2015

Designing for Digital • 2016

Digital Library Federation Forum • 2012, 2013, 2015

DPLAfest • 2015

Library and Information Technology Association Forum • 2013, 2014

Seattle Interactive • 2012

Social Media and Society International Conference • 2013


Ruff C. 2016 Mar 22. Academic Publishers Experiment With “Altmetrics” to Track Reach and Impact. The Chronicle of Higher Education. [Follow-up Q&A]

Professional Memberships

User Experience Professionals Association


2015 DPLA + DLF Cross-Pollinator Travel Grant

2013 DLF Forum New Professionals Fellow

Leadership MSU • Class of 2014

Special Student Guest • ACRL, New York Chapter, Annual Symposium, Innovation by Design: Re-Visioning the Library • 2010

IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant • 2009