Bennett Ponsford

Professional Responsibilities

  • Usability and user analysis of the University Libraries' web site and web services.
  • Coordination of public interfaces for EDS discovery layer (previously Primo), LibCat (WebVoyage), and Find Text @ TAMU (SFX)
  • Management of Voyager system administration module for Evans and Annex, West Campus, Political Sciences and Economics, and TAMU Qatar Libraries.
  • Supervise Web Services Unit


  • Distinguished Achievement Award in Librarianship, Texas A&M University Association of Former Students, September 2010.

Research Interests

  • User testing and analysis
  • Next generation OPACs
  • Government documents

Selected Papers

  • Ponsford, Bennett Claire, Jane Stephens, and Robin R. Sewell. "Improving OpenURL Menus: User Testing of Revisions to SFX® Menus." Serials Review, In Press, Corrected Proof, May 20, 2011. DOI: 10.1016/j.serrev.2011.03.016
  • Ponsford, Bennett Claire, Robin R. Sewell, and Jane Stephens. "Finding Known Journal Articles: Comparing a Citation Linker to an A-to-Z List." Serials Review, 37:2 (2011) 93-98.  DOI: 10.1016/j.serrev.2011.01.004
  • Highsmith, Anne L. and Bennett Claire Ponsford. "A Resolution in Service: SFX® Usage Logs as a Basis for Link Resolver Menu Re-Design." Journal of Web Librarianship, 5:1 (2011) 46-62. DOI: 10.1080/19322909.2011.544964
  • Sare, Laura Ann, Wyoma vanDuinkerken, and Bennett Claire Ponsford. "Student Workers Wave Goodbye to the Government Documents Default List." Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services, 33:4 (2009) 105-118. DOI: 10.1016/j.lcats.2009.08.012
  • Ponsford, Bennett Claire and Wyoma vanDuinkerken, "User Expectations in the Time of Google: User Testing of Federated Searching," Internet Reference Services Quarterly, 12:1-2 (2007) 159-178.  DOI: 10.1300/J136v12n01_08
  • Highsmith, Anne L. and Bennett Claire Ponsford, "Notes on Metalib Implementation at Texas A&M University," Serials Review, 32:3 (2006) 190-194. DOI: 10.1016/j.serrev.2006.06.002

Professional Associations

  • Ex Libris Users of North America
    • Primo Product Working Group, Leader at Large, 2011/12 - 2014/15
    • MetaLib Product Working Group, Chair, 2009/10 - 2010/11
  • Endeavor Users Group
    • Enhancement Council, OPAC Enhancement Committee, Chair, 2005, 2007
  • Texas Library Association
    • Digital Libraries Round Table, Councilor, 2010/11 - 2013/14
    • Digital Libraries Round Table, Secretary/Treasurer, 2007/8 - 2009/10
    • Government Documents Round Table, Bylaws Revisions Committee, Chair, 2007/08
    • Government Documents Round Table, Ad hoc Task Force on the Texas State Plan, 2004/05
    • Government Documents Round Table, Web Site Committee, Chair, 1999 - 2008
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