In keeping with the CDC’s current guidelines for event planners, Library UX Chicago has decided to cancel the Rapid Space Assessment event scheduled for Friday, March 27. We hope to reschedule this event later this year.
Greetings, Library UX Chicago Community,
We are putting the techniques covered in last month’s Introduction to Ethnography in Libraries workshop to use by conducting interviews with members of the community. Our goal is to better understand your needs so that we can continue to improve the quality of our events and programs.
If you are interested in participating in a one-hour, in-person interview about professional development for people who work in libraries, please contact John Jung (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Library UX Chicago held an informal discussion of Peter Fernandez and Kelly Tilton's book Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology: Decision-Making in the Age of Open Access, Maker Spaces, and the Ever-Changing Library. Participants signed up to discuss at least one chapter.
The discussion was held on Thursday, February 20th | 6pm - 8pm at the Chicago Athletic Association Drawing Room
Library UX Chicago hosted our first coffee chat of the year at Ellipsis Coffeehouse on January 17th. The discussion was following up on what we learned from Andrew Asher and Donna Lanclos at our Introduction to Ethnography Workshop - and how we hope to apply ethnographic methods to projects in the new year.
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default.”
It is easy to say that a project “failed” if it didn’t go as smoothly as we thought it should have. We might learn from these unexpected bumps, but people often feel pressure to omit details about problems along the way when summarizing and presenting work.
Beyond that, it would be good to talk about projects in a more nuanced way than to simply say that they “succeeded” or “failed”. Projects can be useful for some users but not others, or they can meet some stakeholder goals but not others. These are all opportunities to learn.
For our Library UX Chicago end of year celebration, we commemorated a year of work with its successes and failures, but more importantly all of the opportunities we had to try new things and learn.
This event took place at at the Student Center at Columbia College Chicago
We also accepted proposals for presentations and discussion topics centered around (but not limited to):
We deliberately seek and strongly encourage submissions from underrepresented groups, such as women, people of color, the LGBTQA+ community, and people with disabilities.