The 4th international User Experience in Libraries conference, or UXLibsIV, focused on the theme of inclusive UX and took place in Sheffield on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 June 2018. Our next conference will take place in June 2019, venue to be announced.

UX in Libraries is an established international conference which explores user experience research and design thinking techniques with a view to providing information and library services which better meet student needs and behaviours.

If you want to find out more about User Experience research and design thinking or want to deepen your existing knowledge this is the conference for you.


>> Draft conference programme
>> Useful Information (venues, hotel, travel)
>> Sponsors of UXLibsIV


This year’s theme is inclusive UX, something of a natural progression from the values and ethics in UX work strands that we started to explore in Glasgow. We are excited to have sourced a range of experienced speakers (detailed above) who will all have insightful and important things to say about inclusivity. They will encourage us to consider how they can reflect on our own perceptions and preconceptions in our professional and day-to-day lives and how we might attain a goal of more inclusive UX for the benefit of all of our users.


This year we will be inspired by two wonderful individuals from Scandinavia: Sara Lerén from Sweden and Christian Lauersen from Denmark, who will be talking to this year’s theme of inclusive UX. Read the abstracts of their talks.

Sara Lerén
Sara Lerén

Sara Lerén
Sara helps organisations manage their impact by asking the question “Why?” a lot. It all started with a curiosity in how the human brain works, which eventually led to a line of work mapping the needs of users as well as businesses in order to design great strategies and processes as well as products and services. Ever since her teenage punk rock years, she’s had a passion for inclusion and for keeping it simple and loves combining inclusive design with agile development.



Christian Lauersen
Christian Lauersen

Christian Lauersen
Christian is employed at The Royal Danish Library as director of Roskilde University Library, Faculty Library of Social Sciences and The Administrative Library. He strongly believes in the library as a crucial institution in every community, public and academic, to create an open, more diverse, inclusive and equal world. In recent years Christian has been focusing on supporting data literacy within higher education and developing the library space to a place for facilitating skills, network and communities. Besides that, he is the creator of the famous Library Candle Light Dinners, the composer of the world’s first library bossa nova song, and is fond of letting his staff play with LEGO and make movies.


This year we have invited a further two speakers from the UK to help us explore the conference theme of inclusive UX in more detail. Read the abstracts of their talks.

Dr Janine Bradbury
Dr Janine Bradbury

Dr Janine Bradbury
Janine is a Senior Lecturer in Literature at York St John University specialising in African American literature and American studies. Janine has a professional background in widening participation and equality and diversity work and before joining York St John, worked at The University of Sheffield and for the Workers’ Educational Association providing courses in American literature for adult learners. Her writing has been published by The Guardian online, she has been a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, and Janine was also a member of The Runnymede Trust’s Emerging Scholars Forum, which brought together thirty of the UK’s brightest and most promising early-career academics working on race. Janine will draw upon the intersections between being a researcher of colour who is also interested in researching writers of colour.

Dr Kit Heyam
Dr Kit Heyam

Dr Kit Heyam
Dr Kit Heyam is a transgender awareness trainer and academic researcher with over ten years’ experience as a library assistant. Specialising in higher education institutions and non-profit organisations, he has delivered trans awareness training across the UK, helping staff to build confidence and familiarity around trans issues by drawing on best practice guidance alongside his own experiences as a trans student and staff member. He is a former Lead Coordinator of the charity York LGBT History Month, and has appeared on BBC2 and various local stations in both an academic and an activist capacity. Kit will help us to consider trans experience of libraries. 


As ever, this year’s conference will incorporate a selection of workshops. We are excited to reveal that this year we have 5 workshop leaders, with a wealth of experience of UX, ethnography, and design thinking, many of whom will be familiar to those of you who have attended UXLibs before…

Workshop Leaders 2018

  • Bryony Ramsden, UXLibsIV committee member from the University of Huddersfield, who is currently concluding a UX-related PhD
  • John Jung, a programmer and design thinking expert from the University of Chicago
  • Eva Jirjahlke, formerly UX Researcher at LSE, now working as a User Researcher for Citizens Advice in London
  • Carl Barrow, Student Engagement Manager from the University of Hull
  • Shelley Gullikson, Systems Librarian at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

>> Full details of the workshops: titles, summaries and learning outcomes

Delegates will have the opportunity to choose which workshops they would most like to attend. We already anticipate that this is going to prove hugely difficult!


We also have 20 paper presenters hailing from 8 different countries.

>> Full details of this year’s paper presenters and the content of their talks


For the first time we will be offering a pre-conference half-day workshop for anyone who wants to brush up on their practical UX research methods before the conference begins. This workshop will be presented by Andy Priestner and Matt Borg.


This year’s conference fee is £375 and covers the full conference programme including the gala dinner and lunches, however accommodation is excluded.

The pre-conference workshop on Tuesday 5 June is an additional £50 per person.

Please also see our cancellation policy.


We think it’s important to have a conference code of conduct.


The Call for Papers from UXLibs delegates has now closed.


The very first UXLibs Yearbook is now available. The contributions from last year’s speakers and delegates are something quite wonderful and we’re very excited about this publication. Please support this title. If it is successful enough to cover production costs we would like to produce another yearbook in 2018.

Andy, Matt, Bryony

UX in Libraries