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Monday, February 26 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
Design Thinking for Libraries: strategies, tools and a case study

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Libraries often rely on traditional, hierarchical and linear methods to solve problems. Originating in the discipline of art, design thinking is a series of overlapping processes including inspiration, ideation and implementation that can be used as a fresh approach to solve problems in libraries. This session will address the principles of design thinking and their role in planning for library services.

Rebecca Barham and Susan Smith, from the University of North Texas, will focus on elements from the designer's toolkit such as Visualization, Mind Mapping, Rapid Prototyping and Learning Launch. They will provide examples of how a user-centered approach can transform library services, products, and spaces.

Deb Verhoff will present a case study on the design of a new Library of Inspiration for Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center. The initiative brings together: a global collection of art; an archive documenting new works created on site; the archives of artist Robert Wilson; and a supporting research collection. The design firm, Squint/Opera was hired to develop a digital master plan and prototype for the library’s user interface. Working with professional designers yielded tangible, visual analysis of collections and their points of intersection. Focus groups and beta testing refined new tools to support creative research. At a place created for artistic experimentation, Watermill continues to iterate and ask the driving question: What could a library meant to inspire artists be?

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Jennifer Martinez Wormser

Director, Ella Strong Denison Library, Scripps College
- Special Collections: rare books, manuscripts, archives and artists' books- Library Management/Leadership

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Rebecca Barham

Art, Dance & Theatre Librarian, Unversity of North Texas

Susan Smith

Director of Library Services, Tarrant County College
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Deb Verhoff

Project Manager, Digital Projects, New York University

Monday February 26, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm EST
Hilton: Murray Hill West