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2016 Preconference

  • 27 Oct 2016
  • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Roberts Center 123 Gano Road, Wilmington, Ohio 45177


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2016 ALAO Preconference:

October 27, 2016

Preconference Workshop: October 27th

Select from two concurrent sessions:  

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.


Lunch is included with your registration

11 am - 12 pm    Registration
12 pm - 1 pm      Lunch
1 pm - 4 pm        Break-out sessions 

For registration questions, contact Judith Cerqua  or by phone at 614-247-2725

If paying by check - please make the check to ALAO and mail to:

Judith Cerqua
122 Thompson Library
1858 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

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Attendance at this event constitutes permission for your photograph or video to be taken at the event and used for ALAO purposes.

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