ARLD Day is just around the corner! Join us on April 26, 2019 as we explore user experience, library publishing, diversity, academic freedom, web scraping, research impact, information literacy instruction, and many other areas of academic libraries. This annual gathering is hosted by the Minnesota Library Association’s Academic and Research Libraries Division.
Keynote Speaker Matthew Reidsma is the Web Services Librarian at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. He was a co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Weave: Journal of Library User Experience, a peerreviewed, open access journal for Library User Experience professionals. He is the author of Responsive Web Design for Libraries published by ALA TechSource, Customizing Vendor Systems for Better User Experiences from Libraries Unlimited, and the forthcoming Masked by Trust: Bias in library discovery from Library Juice Press. He speaks about design ethics, user experience, and usability around the world. Library Journal named him a “Mover and Shaker” in 2013, which led to many unfortunate dance-related jokes in the Reidsma household. In this keynote presentation, Ethical UX, Matthew Reidsma confronts the ethical dimensions of user experience work in libraries. When the social critic Paul Goodman wrote that “technology is a branch of moral philosophy, not of science,” he meant that shaping the world through technology involved moral choices, concerned with how we ought to live. Our library UX work is no different. Our user research methods are moral choices that affect our users; The data we collect not only helps us, it is likely being stockpiled by vendors and advertisers to better understand our users. Our design decisions have ethical implications, too; By working to change our users’ behavior, we prioritize our own version of what is ‘right.’ But by examining our work through an ethical lens, we can create even better experiences for our users, even if they don’t see the direct impact of our decisions.
In this talk, Matthew will explore the ethics of UX design and offer guidelines and techniques (rather than pro- or prescriptions) for making the right–not just the easy or flashy–choices for your users and your library. He will also be leading the afternoon workshop “Inward UX: Improve your library’s work culture with UX.”
ARLD Day is a great opportunity to share ideas, connect with colleagues, and explore new possibilities for your library. Breakout Session information is now available. *New this year* we’ll also be offering tours of Andersen Horticultural Library! We hope you will be able to join us on April 26, 2019, at the beautiful University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.