The LibUX Chicago Book Club met on Tuesday, June 19 at the Skylark Bar to discuss the article "Shopping for Sharpies in Seattle: Mundane infrastructures of transnational design.” <https://doi.org/10.1145/1841853.1841860>
Here is a snippet from the abstract:
"We analyze some highly-valued tools and software, such as post-its, as infrastructures with both practical and symbolic functions. These infrastructures are made meaningful in the shared practices of a transnational but primarily Euro-American design community. Designers in India employ a number of strategies we call 'infrastructure work' to be able to participate as designers in this mold."
Many thanks to Robin Hofstetter and John Jung for convening the book club.
Despite collecting a tremendous amount of data on activities related to their collections, services, and spaces, libraries often struggle to use the right data to tell the right stories to the right stakeholders. This can be particularly challenging when there is a mismatch between what external stakeholders value (for example, the number of volumes held) doesn't align with what the library understands to be meaningful (for example, the number of titles held).
Library UX Chicago was delighted to offer a workshop exploring effective storytelling with data. Dr. Kate McDowell was our speaker; her talk was paired with discussion and activities designed to introduce the fundamentals of storytelling thinking in the context of library data.
Attendees learned strategies for applying principles of storytelling to the workplace, and explored ways that these principles can be used to express the value of libraries to internal and external stakeholders. They explored successful story structures for data stories, and worked with sample or real library data to find stories that they could develop at their institutions. Finally, attendees will learned how to effectively learn and remember their stories.
This event took place on Friday, May 4 from 9am-noon at the University of Chicago Library.
Library UX Chicago acknowledges the generous support of the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) continuing education program in making this event possible.
ABOUT OUR SPEAKER
Dr. Kate McDowell is an associate professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign, where her courses include youth services librarianship, history of readers, and storytelling. Her areas of research focus include storytelling practices and applications in higher education, non-profits, business, and public service, and she has taught storytelling in a number of contexts for a decade.
On Friday, March 9th Library UX held an event at Loyola University’s Water Tower Campus on assessing instruction. There were four lightning round presentations discussing different methods and techniques for doing meaningful assessment in a variety of instruction settings – even one-shots!
Assessing a Peer Teaching Program, Frances Brady, Adler University
The Minute Paper, Jane Currie, Loyola University
Assessing Pre-instruction Activities: Low-Stakes Quizzes, Jeannette Moss, Northwestern University
Peer Observation Programs, Michelle Oh, Alyssa Vincent, Northeastern Illinois University
Following the lightning rounds we had small group discussions about to share ideas and get feedback on a variety of topics around instruction assessment.
Library UX Chicago held our annual year-end event on Friday, December 15 from 1pm-4pm at DePaul University's Richardson Library. This year we experimented with a slightly new format for the event; in addition to our annual lightning talks, we set aside time to workshop project ideas.
Library UX Chicago: Year Three, Elizabeth Edwards
As in previous years, we held lightning talks so people could share their work or present on a topic related to user experience, assessment, or design in libraries.
Testing Microcopy, Emma Boettcher, University of Chicago
Display of Archival Collections in EXPLORE Chicago Collections, Kate Flynn, University of Illinois-Chicago
Deck the Halls: Getting Our Message into Students' Residential Life, Janet Olson, Northwestern University
Learning from Indigenous Studies Scholars, Gina Petersen and Scott Garton, Northwestern University
Service Design: A Team Approach to Continuous Improvement, Kimberly Shotick and Katie Ediger, Illinois Institute of Technology
Railslibraries info Redesign: Post-go-live User Research and Tweaks, Brian Smith, RAILS
After our lightning talks, we broke into groups to discuss your ideas, projects, challenges, or works-in-progress.
Happy hour plans are being developed and will be announced by email to the Library UX Chicago Google Group and in person at the event.
The LibUX Chicago book club met on Wednesday, August 9 at 6pm at Next Door Chicago. to dig into Speculative Everything by Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby.
Here is a snippet of a review from the Financial Times:
"Designers are usually seen as problem solvers. Their function is to make a product better or more beautiful, or to make a process more efficient. But what if, instead of solving problems, they posed them? ...[Dunne and Raby's] concern is not to design products to be sent out into a slightly uncertain future but rather to imagine how that future might be entirely different. The result is a series of scenarios that help to illuminate moral, ethical, political and aesthetic problems."
Attendees also read Patrick Jagoda's "Gamification and Other Forms of Play" as an introduction to the topic.
Many thanks to John Jung and Amy Killebrew for convening the book club!