On Friday, September 27th, Library UX held a coffee chat at pHlour Bakery & Cafe. This month's chat was about assessing library instruction, and ethnographic methods.
We continued our series on ethnography in libraries with a discussion of "So You Want to Do Anthropology in Your Library?" by Andrew Asher and Susan Miller. This is the toolkit from the ERIAL project.
This book club discussion took place on Tuesday, August 20 at the Joseph Regenstein Library, The University of Chicago, 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago IL
In this interactive workshop, attendees learned how to use the Project Outcome for Academic Libraries surveys and resources. Project Outcome is a free toolkit that helps libraries measure four key learning outcomes – knowledge, confidence, application, and awareness – across seven library program and service areas. The survey topics cover: Instruction, Events/Programs, Research, Teaching Support, Digital & Special Collections, Space, and Library Technology. Project Outcome provides academic libraries of any size the means to easily measure outcomes in those areas and to use that data as the basis for continuous improvements and advocacy.
This workshop was on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Loyola University, Lakeshore Campus, McCormick Lounge in Coffey Hall, 1000 W Sheridan Road, Chicago, Illinois 60626
The July 12 coffee chat at the Spoke and Bird South Loop was a discussion on evaluating library spaces. These informal coffee chats are designed to allow attendees to talk through the emerging needs at their library, and learn from the experiences of others.
To continue getting ready for our fall ethnography workshop with Andrew Asher and Donna Lanclos, we held a discussion of their article "'Ethnographish': The State of the Ethnography in Libraries".
The discussion took place on Tuesday, July 23 at the Jennie Huizenga Memorial Library, Trinity Christian College. Remote participation was available. The discussion of the article was led by Emma Boettcher, University of Chicago and Cathy Mayer, Trinity Christian College.
Chicago-area Library Assessment Conference presenters discussed their topics in a recap-style event. This event wasn't just for assessment folks – presentations covered many aspects of library work, ranging from benchmarking data collection about reference services to exploring the implications of campus learning analytics initiatives.
This event was hosted by UIC’s Richard J. Daley Library on Friday, February 1 from 9:30-11:30.
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
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.
Friday, February 24th 2017, 1:00pm-4:00pm
DePaul University, Richardson Library
2350 N Kenmore Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Libraries do an extraordinary amount of outreach and engagement to introduce users to available services and resources. Trying to measure the success of a program, demonstrate the value of an event, or learn how to improve for the next time is an ongoing challenge. How can we move beyond counting attendees? This Library UX Chicago event explored assessing library outreach and engagement.
The event included presentations on local efforts to assess outreach and engagement followed by a workshop where we broke into small groups to develop assessment plans for specific library events or programs.
Explore Your Library at Northwestern: Measuring Success to Make Changes in Fall Orientation, Chris Davidson, Northwestern University
Finals Week Fun (& Learning), Isabel Gonzalez-Smith, University of Illinois at Chicago
Assessment Toolkit for Programming & Engagement, Ashley McMullin, DePaul University
Moving Beyond Counting Attendees, Amilcar Perez, Forest Park Public Library
Assessing Library Outreach and Engagement Workshop Form
Project Outcome Toolkit from the Public Library Association