Screen Shot 2017-07-03 at 14.08.23UXLibsIII – 2017
Our successful third conference was held in Glasgow at the Studio on 6-7th June and focused on ethical dimensions and impact of UX techniques.

Our keynotes were Dr Meredith Evans and Matthew Reidsma.
The best delegate paper award was won by Emma Wisher.

All of the presentations (case studies, practical guidance, stories) from this conference are included in the 2017 UX in Libraries Yearbook which can be purchased in print and electronically.

Blogposts reflecting on UXLibsIII:
– UXLibsIII – in 50 Photos by Andy Priestner
– UXLibsIII – impressions of a novice by Vanya Gallimore
UXLibsIII – reflections from a regular by Martin Philip
– UXLibsIII – conference notes by Shelley Gullikson
– UXLibsIII – conference thoughts by Shelley Gullikson
– UXLibsIII – UX your desk by Carl Barrow
– UXLibsIII – five conference reports by Ingela Wahlgren

Also here is Matthew Reidsma’s keynote on ‘Ethical UX’ in transcript and video form and Andy Priestner’s post on his New Model of UX Adoption which formed a key part of his UXLibsIII opening address.

Photo by David Scott.

thumb_IMG_8416_1024UXLibsII – 2016

Our second conference which took place as the UK voted to leave the European Union was held in Manchester at the Studio on 23rd-24th June 2016. The theme was sharing results of UX research.

The night before the conference we had a photocall (left) to celebrate the publication of the UX in Libraries book by Routledge (l-r: Helen Murphy, Matt Borg, Matthew Reisdma, Donna Lanclos, Andy Priestner, Andrew Asher).

Our keynotes were Dr Donna Lanclos and Lawrie Phipps. The best delegate paper award was won by Ingela Wahlgren.

– UXLibsII: the darkest day by Andy Priestner
– UXLibsII: in 50 photos by Andy Priestner
UXLibsII: this time its political by Ned Potter
The immediacy of context, initial reflections on UXLibsII by Donna Lanclos
Three stories: UXLibsII keynote by Donna Lanclos
– Reflecting on UXLibsII by Lawrie Phipps
UXLibsII Reflections by Martin Philip
– Reflections – UXLibsII by Carl Barrow
– UXLibsII: getting back on the rails by Carl Barrow (not really a conference review blogpost but you MUST read it)
– #UXLIBS, Brexit… happy face sad face by Rachel Nelligan
– UXLibsII: conference thoughts by Shelley Gullikson
– UXLibsII: Dag 1 by Ingela Wahlgren (in Swedish)
UXLibsII: Dag 2 by Ingela Wahlgren (in Swedish)
UXLibsII: Keynote 1: Donna Lanclos by Ingela Wahlgren (in Swedish)
UXLibsII: Keynote 2: Lawrie Phipps by Ingela Wahlgren (in Swedish)


UXLibsI – 2015
Our first conference intended to bring together library staff from all over the world who were interested in, using, or passionate about UX, ethnography and design thinking. A global community was born.

Our keynotes were Dr Donna Lanclos, Matthew Reidsma and Paul-Jervis Heath.

All teams competed in an Apprentice-like competition to research and pitch a new innovation based on UX research efforts. The winning team was ‘Purple Haze’.

The feedback to our first event was phenomenal and UXLibs dominated social media for weeks after the event. Many delegates were moved to write reflective reviews of the event which they felt had been quite unlike any other conference they had attended. Below is a comprehensive list of these blogposts and articles:

UXLibs: a new breed of conference by Andy Priestner (CILIP Update – May 2015)
Summary: The first international UX in Libraries conference took place at Cambridge University in March, trending on Twitter on its first day. Conference originator and chair Andy Priestnereflects on whether UXLibs fulfilled its goals and looks at the growing interest in ethnographic research techniques in the academic library sector.

Andy also wrote more informally about the conference in this blogpost: Hit by the UXLibs Freight Train

Keynote speaker and anthropologist Donna Lanclos penned: UXLibs in Cambridge–Keynoting, Dining and Punting, Oh My, while anthropologist and workshop leader Andrew Asher reflected that: Cambridge is Strange

Attendee Ned Potter penned no less than 5 blogposts as follows:
1: Georgina, The Wall!
2: The Art of the Keynote: Matthew Reidsma
3: The Art of the Keynote: Donna Lanclos and Paul-Jervis Heath
4: Ethnography You Can Try at Home 
5: Ideation, Pitching, and Responsive Study Space

Other posts from delegates included:
UX Libs: a very messy blog post by Helen Murphy
A New UXLib Community by Krista Godfrey
UXLibs Skills & Tools by Krista Godfrey
UXLib Conference Notes by Shelley Gullikson
UXLib Conference Thoughts by Shelley Gullikson
UXLibs: Part One: A Personal Reflection by Jenny Foster
UXLibs: Part Two: Chop Down the Door by Jenny Foster
UXLib – User Experience in Libraries by Carl Barrow
The UX Libs Experience by Karine Larose
It’s a conference, Jim, but not as we know it. UXLibs, Cambridge 2015 by Jessica Stephens

The conference keynotes are available here:
A story about ethnography and possibility in libraries – Donna Lanclos (scroll down for a summary)
Transforming insights into services – Paul-Jervis Heath
More than Usable – Matthew Reidsma, also as a video

Ned Potter also collated all the delegates tweets which recorded the three keynotes using Storify:
Donna Lanclos
Paul-Jervis Heath
Matthew Reidsma