January 21, 2022

New Journal Article: “Assessing and Improving Library Technology with Service Blueprinting”

The following article appears in the Journal of eScience Librarianship.


Assessing and Improving Library Technology with Service Blueprinting


Scott W. H. Young
Montana State University – Bozeman

Sara Mannheimer
Montana State University-Bozeman

Doralyn Rossmann
Montana State University – Bozeman

David Swedman
Montana State University – Bozeman

Justin D. Shanks
Montana State University – Bozeman


Journal of eScience Librarianship
Vol. 7 (2018), Iss. 2


The objective of this article is to illustrate the application of service blueprinting—a design tool that comes from the service design tradition—for assessing and improving library technology services.

A mid-sized library at a public university in the western United States.

A service blueprint was co-created by library and IT staff in a design workshop in order to map the operational flow of a data visualization display wall.

Guided by the service blueprint, the project team identified points of improvement for the service of the data visualization display wall, and developed recommendations to aid further applications of service blueprinting.

Ultimately, service blueprinting was found to be a useful tool that can be applied to assess and improve library technology services.

Direct to Full Text Article
21 pages; PDF.

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.