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2016 ALAO Annual Conference
Thursday Oct. 27th: Preconference and Evening Social

Friday Oct. 28th: Conference

Conference Home

Please contact:
Krista McDonald
ALAO President


Holiday Inn Roberts Centre
123 Gano Road
Wilmington, Ohio 45177

Conference Keynote: Better Libraries By Design

Courtney Greene McDonald, Indiana University

User Experience Design, Design Thinking, Service Design: these terms have been gathering momentum in conversation across librarianship in recent months. What is design, really? What lessons and insights can each of these complementary approaches offer us as librarians? In this keynote we’ll explore these and other questions as we consider how to meaningfully engage with our communities and exceed expectations - by design.

Preconference Workshop I: Designing the Future of Libraries with UX

Ben Woods, Kent State University

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.


In this workshop, D. Ben Woods from Kent State University 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.

Preconference Workshop II: From ADA Compliant to Universal Design: An Introduction for Libraries


L. Scott Lissner, Ohio State University and Jerry Hensley, Wright State University

This preconference will feature two local speakers with expertise in providing a positive user experience for patrons with disabilities. 

L. Scott Lissner will provide a brief review of how the ADA’s mandates impact library services with an emphasis on universal design approaches.  The ADA mandates equal access to programs, benefits and service.  Generally, libraries need to consider their space, their interactions with patrons and their digital platforms.  Academic libraries also need to consider their role in the academic mission beyond individual patron services.  Drawing on the principals of Universal Design his presentation will provide best practice examples for compliance with physical spaces and interactions to serve patrons with various disabilities. 


Jerry Hensley will discuss the third area of compliance, digital platforms.  In Jerry’s presentation he will demonstrate how users with disabilities are presented with our online resources.  He will highlight best practices and websites designed for the best user experience.  Conversely, he will also demonstrate the challenges users with disabilities face when accessing library websites and specific digital formats.  Jerry will offer recommendations for designing digital platforms that can be accessed by all users.


42nd Annual Academic Library Association of Ohio Conference

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