Guest post written by Kristine Lloyd, K & L Gates LLP
If you’ve seen the movie Office Space, then you know the fear of being banished to the basement with nothing but a red Swingline stapler. As our print resources vanish and our spaces shrink, we risk being tucked away in a corner, either virtually or physically, where we become a distant memory to our patrons, like a long lost relative who used to be the life of the party.
The afternoon breakout session, Increasing Relevance and Engaging Patrons with User Experience Design, led by library design expert Aaron Schmidt, presents a wonderful opportunity to learn how to turn your physical and virtual spaces into your firm’s favorite hangout.
Aaron Schmidt is a library design consultant, but prior to his consulting life, he moved through the public library ranks from circulation clerk to reference librarian to library director. As the Digital Initiatives Librarian at the District of Columbia Library, he was part of a team that created the first iPhone and Blackberry online catalog searching apps. He has worked with all types of clients from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Program to the Seattle Public Library, and he’s going to show us how to improve our patrons’ experiences and increase traffic to our sites and our spaces.
You’ll be amazed at how simple ideas can lead to big changes in your library’s vitality and visibility; changes that can start with something as simple as your Swingline stapler!