PLAN Annual Meeting

Date(s) - 11/01/2019
9:00 am CDT - 2:30 pm CDT

Niceville Community Center

The PLAN Annual Meeting will begin with our business meeting at 9 a.m. CT / 10 a.m. ET (registration and light continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. CT / 9:30 a.m. ET) followed by a workshop on user experience.

Useful, Usable, Desirable: Applying User Experience Design to Your Library with Aaron Schmidt: Design is more than choosing pretty colors. It’s all about solving problems, and, even if you don’t know it, you are a designer. Schmidt will introduce the concept of User Experience (UX) thinking and illustrate how it can help improve your website, programs, services, and more. After this session you’ll have a keener critical eye, and a framework with which you can make your library the most important place in your community.

After the session participants will:

  • Understand concepts of user experience design for libraries
  • Be familiar with UX techniques that they can use to assess and improve their libraries
  • Have seen inspiring examples of great UX in libraries

Aaron Schmidt: In the past fifteen years Aaron Schmidt has been a circulation clerk, reference librarian, and library director. Currently he is the principal of Influx Library User Experience Consulting, a lecturer at the San Jose School of Library and Information Science, and writes a column called “The User Experience” for Library Journal. Current projects include a UX-guided overhaul of the Chapel Hill Public Library and coaching 10 libraries in Florida through UX improvement projects. Schmidt serves on the editorial board for Weave: the Journal of Library User Experience, and he coauthored the book Useful, Usable and Desirable, a guide to applying UX to libraries. He has presented internationally on the topic of library innovation and design.

Influx Profile: Influx is a full service design consultancy focused on helping libraries become the most important places in their communities. Specializing in user-centered design techniques, we have helped libraries of all types and sizes learn about their communities and create innovative services. Notable projects include creating a front-end interface for the Library of Congress’ BIBFRAME project, envisioning the future of summer reading programs for the Public Library Association, and leading a “Library Innovation Exchange” with librarians throughout Mexico.

Lunch will also be provided.

Registration is closed for this event.

For FY2021-22, 70% of the total costs for the PLAN Continuing Education program ($220,000) is supported by federal money, and 30% of this program ($92,991) is supported by state money. The total budget of the project is $312,991.