Innovation in Libraries: User Experience Design @ Queens Library

Queens Library invites all our colleagues to experience “Innovation in
Libraries:  User Experience Design,” Tuesday, March 2, 2010, 9:30 am,
Queens Library at Flushing, 41-17 Main Street at Kissena Boulevard,
Flushing NY. Admission is free. RSVPs are essential. Please email
egellman@queenslibrary.org

Aaron Schmidt is a worldwide recognized specialist in library technology
and usability. He has been a circulation clerk, reference librarian, and
library director.  Aaron has published articles in Library Journal,
School Library Journal, Library High Tech News, Online, and others.  He
has presented on the topic of library technology and usability
worldwide. In 2005, Schmidt was named a Library Journal “Mover &
Shaker.”

He advises organizations working with libraries nationally and
internationally such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Global
Libraries Program. Currently he is the Digital Initiatives Librarian for
the District of Columbia Public Library but still lives in Portland.  He
helps plan forward thinking; fun projects for the library, helping them
connect to the community and teach them about the Read/Write Web.  He
also assists with website visioning, conducts usability testing, leads
the library’s Library 2.0 Interest Group and helps coordinate and
generate ideas for the library’s digital research and development
project called DC Library Labs. He was part of the team that created the
first iPhone and Blackberry online catalog searching applications. Aaron
maintains a library and website usability weblog, walkingpaper.org and
can be reached at librarian [at] gmail [dot] com

Design is more than choosing pretty colors. Design is all about solving
problems and even if you don’t know it, you’re a designer. In this
presentation Schmidt will convince you to take a more active role as
information service designer. After this presentation you’ll have a
keener critical eye and a framework though which you can make your
library a place that people want to use.  He’ll discuss website best
practices, and how design research can create a truly user centered
library.

Loida Garcia-Febo, Assistant Coordinator, New Americans Program and
Special Services
Queens Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, N.Y. 11432

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