In 2015 we held the very first UX in Libraries conference at Cambridge University. This interactive and ground-breaking event saw delegates from the UK, US, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland and beyond explore ethnography, usability and human-centred design first-hand as a means of gathering invaluable behavioural and attitudinal user research.
UXLibsII took place in Manchester in June 2016 repeating many of the successful aspects of the first event. This time the emphasis was more on sharing research results given that librarians are now further along the road with UX. 150 delegates attended from 11 different countries, including for the first time France and Singapore.
UXLibsIII took place in Glasgow in June 2017, building on the success of previous years and attracting 180 delegates from 19 countries – our biggest and, arguably, best conference yet.
UXLibsIV will take place in Sheffield on 6 and 7 June 2018. This year’s theme will be Inclusive UX and we look forward to seeing you there!
The UX in Libraries Yearbook was published in December 2017, edited by Andy Priestner. This magnificent book collects together all the many presentations from the 2017 UX in Libraries conference in Glasgow and offers a fascinating, informative and truly international collection of stories, case studies, insights and reflections on the practice of UX in both academic and public libraries. If you are already conducting user experience research or are just starting on that journey the comprehensive UXLibs Yearbook should prove to be an invaluable companion to your endeavours.
The first UX in Libraries book was published in May 2016. Edited by Andy Priestner and Matt Borg it brings together chapters from our former conference keynotes, anthropologists, designers and library practitioners, and sets out a broad definition of UX which moves beyond its application to digital services, to incorporate library services and spaces too.
UX training days
To complement the annual conference, Andy offers UX training days at which attendees can learn a range of ethnographic methods in a practical and interactive workshop setting.
We look forward to seeing you at our next conference!
The UXLibs Team