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Enhance Library User Experience with ‘Design Thinking’

Design Thinking and Human Centered Design are two different terms for the same basic concept. The idea is to use techniques to help shift the human brain out of familiar ways of thinking and generate creative solutions.

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Improving your Library’s UX: Go On a Service Safari

The first step in improving your space is understanding what you already have. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways, and enlisting the help of someone who isn’t a regular library user for a “secret shopper”-style visit will provide some great information. A secret shopper is someone who comes into the library posing as a patron with the aim of evaluating the service—either something very specific or the library experience in general. They make extensive notes after the visit and report back to the management (or whoever commissioned the visit). This is a technique used extensively in business—retail and restaurants in particular.

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Improving Your Library’s UX

UX, or user experience, is a hot topic in the library world, but what does it mean in practical terms? This series of articles will aim to demystify the concepts of user experience, design thinking, and human-centered design for public librarians. A common misperception is that you need a lot of time and money to embark on a program of integrating these ideas into your library—far from it. The key is to shift your thinking and consider every aspect of service from the user’s point of view. Everything from your voicemail message to your policy manual plays a part.

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Dispatches from PLA 2014 — Crafting Excellence: Using Research to Build the Best User Experience

Libraries of every size can evaluate their online user experience and their physical spaces. At the above-titled program, during the PLA 2014 conference, Aaron Schmidt, Denise M. Davis, and Jill Porter described how they assess libraries and the challenges and outcomes of their User Experience (UX) testing.