In March 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. UXLibsIV is in the early planning stages.
In addition to our annual conference we offer ‘UXLibs-in-a-day’ training events at which those people who have missed our conferences or who want a refresher can learn a range of ethnographic methods in a practical and interactive workshop setting.
The UXLibs book
The UX in Libraries book was published in May 2016. Edited by Andy Priestner and Matt Borg it brings together chapters from our 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.
We look forward to seeing you at our next conference or at one of our training days.
The UXLibs Team