Intermediate Participatory Design

Am getting ready to go to the Nancy Fried Foster-led CLIR Intermediate Workshop on Participatory Design in Academic Libraries at Goucher College later this week, and am looking forward to it — a lot! In addition to what I’ll learn, I know I’ll enjoy the manner of learning: Nancy instills confidence while she’s passing on pearls of participatory wisdom. Thought I’d share with you our beforehand reading for the workshop, since I think it may be of interest. It’s:

Chapter I of Scholarly Practice, Participatory Design and the eXtensible Catalog: “Why Do User Research for the eXtensible Catalog Project?” by Nancy Fried Foster, Jennifer Bowen and David Lindahl. ( and

Chapter 6 of Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester: “Photo Surveys: Eliciting More Than You Knew to Ask For” by Judi Briden. (

Further optional reading is: Judi Briden and Ann Marshall, “Snapshots of laptop use in an academic library,” Library Hi Tech 28, no. 3 (2010): 447.

A colleague and I facilitated a participatory design session back here at home after the Introductory workshop, and I’ll be bringing back everything I learn this time (or as much of it as I can get into my laptop) to share with others. I’ll probably provide a summary here on the blog, too. So tune in later this week for updates!

More as it happens,

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Cheryl LaGuardia always wanted to be a librarian, and has been one for more years than she's going to admit. She cracked open her first CPU to install a CD-ROM card in the mid-1980's, pioneered e-resource reviewing for Library Journal in the early 90's (picture calico bonnets and prairie schooners on the web...), won the Louis Shores / Oryx Press Award for Professional Reviewing, and has been working for truth, justice, and better electronic library resources ever since. Reach her at, where she's a Research Librarian at Harvard University.