By Elizabeth Edwards, Past Chair
As 2018 comes to a close, I am happy to report on another successful year of activity, growth, and transition for Library UX Chicago.
By the numbers:
In late 2017, we welcomed three new members to our steering committee: Katie Ediger (Illinois Tech), Amy Killebrew (Columbia College), and John Jung (University of Chicago).
In March, presenters discussed programs and strategies for assessing instruction at our first event of the year. A lively discussion followed, with many attendees participating in a happy hour after.
We secured a continuing education grant from RAILS that was used to bring storytelling scholar Dr. Kate McDowell to Chicago in May to put on an engaging workshop that helped attendees think about how and why to tell stories with library data. We are grateful to RAILS for their ongoing support for this group.
We launched a newsletter to better communicate with, and feature, our membership.
In August, we kicked off our accessibility series by exploring best practices for designing more inclusive and accessible interfaces, services, and presentations. A second event in November discussed strategies for extending library services to traditionally underserved students.
Our book club met to discuss three works:
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the ongoing success of this group. We hope to see you at an upcoming event or to hear about your work via our Google Group.
Library UX Chicago kicked off its new coffee meetup on Friday, January 11.
These monthly meetups are intended to provide an informal opportunity to share ideas, problems, or works in progress with colleagues, and will be hosted by Library UX Chicago steering committee members at locations around the city. Library UX Chicago is grateful to Ellipsis Coffeehouse in Edgewater for the use of their space for this meeting.
The round-robin conversation explored a range of issues related to assessment, including:
The next coffee meetup will be held Friday, February 8 from 9am-11am at the South Loop location of Cafecito, 26 E Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60605. Interested attendees are encouraged to contact Amy Killebrew to ensure that we reserve an appropriate amount of space.
LibUX Chicago held a book club discussion on December 13th at On Tour Brewing.
Data Feminism is an open source publication about inclusive data collection. This was an in-depth discussion about feminist principles in data collection. LibUX Chicago used this discussion to review the initial draft of the book and provide feedback before official publication.
The book and chapter descriptions can be found here: https://bookbook.pubpub.org/data-feminism