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Kent State SLIS at ALAO

If you’re heading to ALAO later this week, here are some opportunities to meet up with SLIS faculty (Miriam Matteson, Catherine L. Smith and Ben Woods) as well as fellow alums and students – and to meet new SLIS director Dr. Kendra Albright.

Oct. 27 ~ Preconference Workshop I

Designing the Future of Libraries with UX: Ben Woods, SLIS lecturer in User Experience Design.

User Experience Design – an offshoot of Design Thinking – is a powerful competitive tool used by the most successful enterprises in the world. But what is it, and how can it help libraries? First, it is a way of creating innovations that starts with people. Second, for centuries libraries have been an authority for sharing information and cultivating an informed public, but the availability of information has grown exponentially in the last 20 years – how do libraries remain competitive?  The intersection of these realizations provides exciting opportunities for the future of libraries. This workshop will share insights on User Experience Design, its applicability to libraries, and present a proven framework for using UX and Design Thinking to solve your biggest challenges.

Oct. 27, from 7 to 9 p.m.

  • Pre-conference reception hosted by Kent State SLIS
  • Meet new SLIS Director Dr. Kendra Albright and Assistant Professor Dr. Catherine L. Smith!
  • Connect with fellow alums and/or students.

Oct. 28 ~ Exhibits

  • Stop by the Kent State SLIS booth to meet Associate Professor Dr. Miriam Matteson and/or Assistant Professor Dr. Catherine L. Smith.
  • Pick up some swag and your official “Proud Kent State SLIS Alum” nametag ribbon!

Oct. 28, from 10 to 10:45 a.m.

Promoting Neutrality or Privilege? Academic Libraries and Critical Librarianship: Miriam Matteson (Kent State University SLIS); James Castrillo (University of Wisconsin – Whitewater); Paul Campbell (Ohio University) / Diversity Committee Sponsored Session

Academic libraries create positive user experiences with ideas of neutrality, equality, and freedom — or do they? Critical librarianship explores library practice through critical theories that consider power and equality in society. This session explores how library practice may not be as neutral as we think and discusses ways to reconcile that tension.

Oct. 28, from 10:55-11:40 a.m. ~ Roundtable

Search expertise in student library workers: Making complex information systems more useable: Catherine L. Smith and Miriam Matteson (Kent State University SLIS)

Student library workers are called upon to provide guidance to student patrons who find it difficult to search using discovery systems and complex search interfaces. Instructing student workers in excellent search skills prepares them to model key information literacy skills that make complex search systems more useable for student patrons.

For more information, visit the ALAO conference website.