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Information Specialist Adjunct Instructor

Gaithersburg, MD
March 17, 2023

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Olubukola Akanbi

User experience researcher

Reliant drive

Gaithersburg, MD 20879





3+ years professional experience in investigating users’ needs and uncovering usability deficiencies in digital products. Skillful in developing creative approaches using UX methodologies for solving complex user experience problems.


Interviewing, Design thinking, Research planning, Analytical and problem solving, Survey design, Thematic analysis, Co-designing, Wireframing, Prototyping, Remote/onsite user testing, Usability testing, A/B testing, Personas creation, Scenarios, Competitive analysis, User journey mapping, Information architecture, Site mapping, Contextual inquiry, Field studying, Literature analysis, Triangulation, Concept mapping, Card sorting, Animated storyboarding.


Art & Science Group, Baltimore,MD - Senior research assistant SEPTEMBER 2021 - PRESENT

● Conducts survey testing, data reviews and interpretation of data

● Conducts research and summarizes data findings

● Reviews published literature and delivers literature review

● Implements and delivers the analysis of collected data from research participants

● Assisted in production of research reports and articles for peer-reviewed journals.

Whimsy Lab, University of Baltimore - Design researcher AUGUST 2018 - MAY 2021

● Conducted user interviews and moderated co-design sessions.

● Recruited research participants and managed the data collection process

● Participated in design review meetings to brainstorm new UX developments through collaborative thinking.

● Applied both qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques to continuously improve end-user experiences.

● Researched and proposed new solutions to make websites more user-friendly.

University System of Maryland - User experience researcher JUNE 2020- SEPTEMBER, 2020

● Designed digital solutions for enhancing the safe return of workers back to work during the pandemic.

● Created functional prototypes and launched a beta app for an online store which involved UX and visuals for a simplified user interaction and wayfinding.

● Lead and oversee the user experience of CIAT app from conception to launch in partnership with UX designers, UX developer, and Engineers

● Recruited research participants and managed the data collection process

● Conducted A/B testing on wireframes

Usability Lab, University of Baltimore - User experience researcher AUGUST 2018 - MAY 2019

● Moderated task-based user tests.

● Conducted usability testing

● Synthesized collected data from users in a clear and effective manner to stakeholders

College of Arts and Science, University of Baltimore - Adjunct instructor

JANUARY 2020 - MAY 2020

● Lectured introduction to Computer Technologies

● Graded assigned papers, quizzes, and examination

● Recruited research participants and managed the data collection process

Montgomery College Library, Rockville, MD - Information specialist APRIL 2018 - DECEMBER 2018

● Delivered informational materials to patrons.

● Delivered reference services to users.

The Bells University Library, Ota, Nigeria - Librarian MARCH 2012 - FEBRUARY 2013

● Delivered informational materials to patrons.

● Delivered reference services to users

E-Latunde Odeku Library, Ibadan, Nigeria - Library intern OCTOBER 2010 - DECEMBER 2010

● Cataloged library materials .

● Delivered reference services to users


University of Baltimore, Baltimore - DSc in Information and Interaction design


University of Pretoria, South Africa - MSc in Information Science FEBRUARY 2014 - DECEMBER 2016

University of Ibadan, Nigeria - BSc in Library and Information Studies SEPTEMBER 2007 - NOVEMBER, 2011


- Ina Fourie (Master’s supervisor),

- Greg Walsh (Doctoral co-supervisor),

- Bridget Blodgett (Doctoral advisor), PUBLICATIONS

- Akanbi, O.M. (2016). Information monitoring and current awareness services supporting the information behaviour of pregnant women. Masters Dissertation. URL:

- Akanbi, O.M. & Ina, Fourie (2018). Information needs of pregnant women – once-off needs and needs for information monitoring revealed by the McKenzie two-dimensional model. Innovation: journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa, 56, 163-190.

- Akanbi, O.M. & Ina, Fourie (2021). The information source preference and information monitoring behavior of pregnant women. Information Research,

- Akanbi, O (2022). Technology and Pregnant women: exploring pregnant women’s perception of mobile app design, utility, and information credibility.

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