UX for Libraries


Aaron Schmidt

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Design is more than choosing pretty colors. It’s all about solving problems and even if you don’t know it, you are a designer. Schmidt will introduce the concept of User Experience (UX) thinking and illustrate how it can help improve your website, programs, services, and more. After this interactive workshop you’ll have a keener critical eye, and a framework with which you can make your library the most important place in your community.

In the past fifteen years Aaron Schmidt has been a circulation clerk, reference librarian, and library director. Currently he is the principal of Influx Library User Experience Consulting, is a lecturer at the San Jose School of Library and Information Science, and writes a column called “The User Experience for Library Journal. Current projects include a UX guided overhaul of the Chapel Hill Public Library and coaching 10 libraries in Florida through UX improvement projects . Schmidt serves on the editorial board for Weave: the Journal of Library User Experience, and he coauthored the book “Useful, Usable and Desirable,” a guide to applying UX to libraries. He has presented internationally on the topic of library innovation and design.


user experience, ux, web design, design


Archival Science | Cataloging and Metadata | Collection Development and Management | Communication Technology and New Media | Databases and Information Systems | Graphics and Human Computer Interfaces | Information Literacy | Library and Information Science | Scholarly Communication | Scholarly Publishing | Social Media

UX for Libraries