September 23, 2020

New Report: Bringing Users into the Picture: Lessons from Projects in Participatory Design in Academic Libraries

A new report from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

Title

Bringing Users into the Picture: Lessons from Projects in Participatory Design in Academic Libraries

Author

Nancy Fried Foster (Introduction)

Source

CLIR

Abstract

Participatory design is an approach to building spaces, services, and tools where the people who will use them participate centrally in coming up with concepts and then designing the actual products.

The papers in this volume, written by librarians and IT professionals from 12 colleges and universities, report on user research and participatory design projects. All of the authors attended workshops and then dove fearlessly into projects with as little as two days of training.

The authors wanted to learn how their students or faculty members do their academic work. Their reports share new methods of approaching enduring questions and offer a number of useful and interesting findings. They make a good case for participatory design of academic libraries.

Direct to Full Text (92 pages; PDF)

Learn More About the Report in this article (via CLIR Issues #89)

Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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