LJ Best Books 2016

A jury of our peers discussed, debated, disagreed, and finally declared LJ’s annual Top Ten Best Books of the year, selected by our editors, as well as Top Five lists for genre fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, and SELF-e titles. VISIT THE WEBSITE

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. (http://hdl.handle.net/1802/12375) 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. (http://hdl.handle.net/1802/7520)

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,

Cheryl LaGuardia About Cheryl LaGuardia

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 claguard@fas.harvard.edu, where she's a Research Librarian at Harvard University.