Fall 2012 INCOL Workshop – Designing Better Library Experiences with Steven J. Bell

We are pleased to have Steven J. Bell present on Wednesday, October 10, 2012. Choose the morning session or afternoon session. Feel free to let your colleagues know and post this flyer in your libraries!
Morning Session
Registration: 8:30-9:00 am
Workshop: 9:00-11:30 am
Afternoon Session
Registration: 1:00-1:30 pm
Workshop: 1:30-4:00 pm

Designing Better Library Experiences: Using Statements and Mapping to Reach the Right Experience for Your Library

Good library experiences should be the end product of a design process, rather than the outcome of a series of random events. This requires us to be intentional in our thinking about the experience we want our community members to have at any touch point, be it an interaction at a service desk, when connecting with our virtual presence or in learning situations. Organizations widely admired for the quality and consistency of the experiences they deliver use a variety of tools and techniques to design and refine that experience. In this workshop attendees will learn about two techniques they can employ to define, shape and improve the library experience. ‘Way We Serve Statements’ bring staff together to identify a touchstone statement that communicates the type of experience they wish to deliver, and provides a framework for instilling the appropriate service values across the library organization. ‘Customer Journey Mapping’ is a process staff can use to examine the steps in any specific library function or service. When we map our services we better understand where community members experience “pain points”, and it allows staff to better design the path to a destination so that a better experience is delivered. In this workshop facilitated by Steven Bell, attendees will learn more about these design techniques and how to put them into practice at their libraries.

Steven J. Bell is president, 2012-2013, of ACRL and Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Temple University. He writes and speaks about academic librarianship, learning technologies, design thinking, user experience and library leadership. Steven is a co-founder of the Blended Librarian’s Online earning Community on the Learning Times Network. He blogs at Kept-Up Academic Librarian, and Designing Better Libraries, a blog about design thinking and library user experiences, and is the founding blogger of ACRLog. His columns, “From the Bell Tower” and “Leading From the Library” appear in Library Journal’s Academic Newswire. He is co-author of the book “Academic Librarianship by Design”. For additional information about Steven J. Bell or links to his projects, point your browser to http://stevenbell.info

• No registration fee for employees of INCOL member libraries
• $25 for non-INCOL members and $5 for library tech students
Register by Wednesday, October 3rd, with Tami Robinson trobinson@whitworth.edu


Participants, please print out and bring the following documents with you to the workshop. The Mapping Workshop Assignment is to be completed beforehand and brought with you to the workshop.

Way We Serve Development Tool
Mapping Workshop Assignment
Resources for User Experience (UX)

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