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Demystifying Design Thinking: Practical Applications for Your Library

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Led by librarians and designers who have used design thinking in their libraries to create new programs and meet user needs, Demystifying Design Thinking is an introductory online workshop designed for library professionals and teams who want to take a fresh approach to tackling their library’s real-life challenges through human-centered design, also known as design thinking.

From space planning for all corners of the library, to redesigning services and staffing, to developing a more user-centric, community-minded approach, design thinking can help you problem-solve through ingenuity and creativity, and better understand and serve your patrons. This four-session introductory workshop draws upon the at a glance guide to design thinking developed by IDEO, an award-winning, human-centered global design firm, in collaboration with the Chicago and Aarhus Public Libraries. The program will provide an introduction to the process of design thinking, as well as resources to help you begin to put it into practice in your library in 2018.

Learning Outcomes

Through expert examples, as well as hands-on activity, you will learn:

  • Analytical and creative thinking methods
  • How to gain a deeper understanding of your patrons
  • How to test your ideas without a big investment of time and money
  • How to apply human-centered design thinking to your library

This workshop does not require pre-existing knowledge or experience with design thinking. All participants will be given the tools and information needed to walk away with ideas to emulate, regardless of its size or budget.

Attendees are encouraged to come as a group for a team-building experience! Contact us for group rates.

Inspiring Live Guest Speakers + Project-Based Learning

Engage with presenters via live video stream, visual presentations, and chats. You’ll workshop practical ideas in groups with guidance from an advisor to map out your own plan.

Who should take this course?

Librarians and educators interested in introducing design thinking to help solve problems at their library or within a team or initiative. The course content will be relevant to librarians in school, public, and academic libraries. Participants will walk away with a plan for how to begin applying human-centered design at their library.

For more information about the course, please visit our website.

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