Academic Librarianship by Design by Steven Bell, John Shank

By Steven Bell, John Shank

Swap is unfolding at a livid velocity for educational librarians, the place even predictions of obsolescence abound. This new imaginative and prescient for designing the way forward for educational libraries permits librarians to turn into integral companions within the university instructing exercise via integrating themselves into the educational process.Learn why more suitable services in educational layout and expertise, the combined librarian ability set, is so serious. Then use the authors transformed educational layout ADDIE version to:# enhance collaboration with college, researchers, and scholars to develop into a tutorial associate# hook up with rookies by means of using layout pondering to increase and increase library prone# supply new instruments for sharing details literacy and examine approach insights# Take management initiative to combine the educational library and librarian into the instructing and studying processScenarios, case reports, and profiles all through illustrate the successes that genuine mixed librarians are having on campuses. This sensible, hands-on advisor expands the chances for educational librarians in public provider, reference, guideline, info literacy, or even library and data technology scholars.

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There is a renewed emphasis on improved signage and better customer ser­vice so that library users can find what they need when they need it and get responsive, respectful assistance. The MAYA Design project at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh was all about creating a better user experience, and that project should be studied by librarians wanting to The Blended Librarian in Action | 31 improve the library’s physical environment. Dozens of articles and presentations have addressed the importance of conducting a usability study to evaluate the library’s website for ease of use and clarity.

I left Earlham with strong information literacy skills that I did not fully appreciate until I began my graduate studies at Drexel University. While pursuing my master’s degree in library science, I took the course Introduction to Information Systems Analysis. This course introduced me to the concepts of systems analysis and design. I did not have a chance to fully begin to apply my design skills until I began working at Bryn Mawr College as a technology specialist in 2000. This grant-funded position was new and unique because it was shared between the library and the computing center.

They evaluated the library environment against usability guidelines, using well-established processes like focus groups, shadowing, direct observation, personas, and so on, and customized processes like guerrilla ethnography and breakpoint analysis. Their research showed that the Carnegie Library had institutionalized a disjointed system (a feature-centric approach). The digital, the physical, and the human aspects of the library experience had evolved separately with a focus on ease of maintenance rather than ease of use.

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