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Tuesday, October 1 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Design Thinking: Craft powerful stories about your library

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Design Thinking: Craft powerful stories about your library

Do you struggle with how to tell impactful stories about the great work you do with your communities? Design thinking is a creative problem-solving model that has a broad range of applications for libraries, including communicating your value to stakeholders in the community. The process begins with strategies that will help you understand your community more deeply and discover the interests and aspirations of target audiences. Design thinking offers an array of tools that will expand your possibilities and foster iterative experimentation with solutions.

In this lively, interactive workshop led by OCLC’s WebJunction, you will learn design thinking principles and practice the innovative techniques and reflective strategies that can lead to crafting powerful stories that communicate your value to community members and key stakeholders.

As a result of this workshop, you will:
  • Gain familiarity with design thinking principles and recognize their versatility for application to libraries 
  • Practice some design thinking techniques and experience the creativity and collaboration that result
  • Develop plans to take back to your library to apply design thinking techniques in targeted situations to acquire fresh insights into your community stakeholders and to develop impactful stories about your library’s value

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Liz Mills

PhD Candidate, University of Washington Information School
J. Elizabeth Mills is a PhD Candidate at the University of Washington Information School. She studies how public children's librarians use the design process of reflection in their production of storytimes for young children. She is co-author of Supercharged Storytimes: An Early Literacy... Read More →
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Betha Gutsche

Program Manager, WebJunction, OCLC
Since joining OCLC’s WebJunction team in 2005, Betha has contributed to continuing education for library staff through defining competencies (editor-in-chief of Competency Index for the Library Field), developing curricula, providing instructional design and training both in-person... Read More →
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Rachel Ivy Clarke

Assistant Professor, Syracuse University School of Information Studies
Formerly the cataloging librarian at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Rachel Ivy Clarke is currently an assistant professor at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies. Her research focuses on the application of design methodologies and epistemologies... Read More →

Tuesday October 1, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm MST
The Scott, Citrus Room