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
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.
This event was held at the Off Color Brewing's Mousetrap Taproom (1460 N Kingsbury) on April 25th at 6:00 pm and was a discussion of the book So You Want to Talk About Race by Seattle-based writer and activist Ijeoma Oluo.
In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.
This book club was a discussion of Sasha Costanza-Chock’s article “Design Justice: Towards an Intersectional Feminist Framework for Design Theory and Practice” on Thursday, February 21.
From the abstract:
“Intersecting inequalities are manifest at all levels of the design process. This paper builds upon the Design Justice Principles, developed by an emerging network of designers and community organizers, to propose a working definition of design justice: Design justice is a field of theory and practice that is concerned with how the design of objects and systems influences the distribution of risks, harms, and benefits among various groups of people.”
The full abstract and article are available at: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3189696
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.