Heaven, I’m in Heaven (actually, I’m in Maryland at another Nancy Fried Foster-led CLIR workshop)

It used to be that at the end of each school year I rewarded myself by scheduling 2 weeks of vacation. I could recharge my batteries and gear up for the summer (that magical time when I would catch up on all those projects I’d been trying to finish and get a head start on the coming year. Yeah, right). Anyway, those two weeks were something I looked forward to eagerly as the spring term wound down.

This year, however, I’m doing something even better, something that is sure to recharge my depleted batteries much more than a mere 2-week vacation could: I’m at a brand new, 3-day CLIR Seminar on Issues of Participatory Design in Academic Libraries, once again led by the inimitable (I may run out of superlatives, she’s just that good) Nancy Fried Foster. Am looking forward to hearing reports on various design projects from other alums of seminars Nancy’s led, as well as getting a refresher on participatory design, and hearing about “The Architects’ View of User-Centered Design.” Just got back from the opening reception where I’ve already met new and interesting folks from Woodbury University Library, Purdue, Rice, and the University of Maryland (they’re graciously hosting the seminar and I’m really looking forward to getting a look at the Theodore R. McKeldin Library tomorrow, after hearing a little about it this evening from the Director, Patricia Steele).

Mostly, of course, I’m looking forward to learning more from Nancy and the other participants here, who are smart, high-energy, motivated, and committed to creating truly user-centered library environments. I’ll keep you posted on what’s happening. “Oh to be in Maryland, now that Foster’s here” (the poem Browning might have written had he been a user experience librarian)….

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.