This Picture (of a Library Goddess) is Worth a Thousand Words

Looks like Nancy Fried Foster’s colleagues at the fabulous University of Rochester River Campus Libraries agree that she is, indeed, the Goddess of Library Participatory Design: see the photo at right for confirmation via the desk sign they made for her (and thanks to the unnamed colleague who first sent me a picture of the sign!).

I’ve extolled the virtues of the outstanding CLIR Workshops on Participatory Design in Academic Libraries, but wanted to post a few other links to work in which Nancy has been involved, through which she’s become a global voice for participatory design in libraries. For example: Developing User-Focused Library Services: EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) Webinar on Participatory Design, Nancy Fried Foster and Sania Battalova (Director of Information Resources and Technology of the American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan), presenters; Participatory Design of Websites with Web Design Workshops from Code{4}Lib Journal, by Nancy Fried Foster, Nora Dimmock, and Alison Bersani; Scholarly Practice, Participatory Design and the eXtensible Catalog, edited by Nancy Fried Foster, Katie Clark, Kornelia Tancheva, and Rebekah Kilzer, ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-8574-8. She’s also on the board of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, “a nonprofit [located at the University of Rochester] that works to realize the vision of its historic namesake. The M.K. Gandhi Institute helps individuals and communities develop the inner resources and practical skill needed to achieve a nonviolent, sustainable and just world.”

For now I’m crossing my fingers in hope that CLIR will do another PD workshop with her: I learn so much in a short — exhilarating — space of time.

Thanks, Nancy! (and thanks to your colleagues who made that sign),





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, where she's a Research Librarian at Harvard University.