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!
This lightning round session featured area libraries showcasing their efforts to redesign spaces and/or services with users in mind. The presentations will focus on the assessment, design methods, and strategy behind their innovations.
Service Blueprinting Library Workflows, John Jung
Embedding a Flexible Learning Space within Education Curriculum Materials, Cathy Mayer
Making Competing Priorities Work for the User, Devin Savage
GIS in the Library Survey, Taylor Hixson
Design on Demand, Abby Annala and Marianne Ryan
Friday, July 28, 2017, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Columbia College Library
624 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
In this session, presenters from the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois-Chicago offered strategies for leveraging the most value from your web analytics data.