We are delighted to announce that UXLibsIV will take place between Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th June 2018 in Sheffield. Preparations for the conference are already well underway. Next month we will be revealing our keynote speakers, the conference theme and opening our annual call for papers. We ask that you put these dates in your diary for now and we’ll be back with more information soon. The conference fee will be around £375 (VAT not applicable) if you need to put in a budget bid at this stage.

Meanwhile here at UXLibs Towers we are also frenetically compiling the very first UXLibs Yearbook and we’re excited cos its going to be awesome. Thank you to everyone who has contributed! The Yearbook will be published before the end of 2017.


Our third conference took place in June 2017 at ‘the studio Glasgow’. 180 delegates came together from all over the world from a record-breaking 19 countries! As in previous years we had some fantastic keynotes, over a dozen wide-ranging delegates papers, an interactive team-based challenge, a variety of practical workshops and, of course, the sharing of UX research stories and best practice. New this year was ‘UXLabs’ – an opportunity to share UX projects in progress and seek ideas from delegates. We are grateful to our sponsors without whom the event would not have been possible: EBSCO (who specifically support the best presentation award), ProQuest, Jisc and Dedoose.

Later this year we will be publishing a fully illustrated print and electronic Yearbook detailing the content of this years conference. In the meantime, we will be adding presentations and blogposts below:

Very silly but here also is the letter requesting Vernon Fowler speak at this year’s conference in the form of a Star Wars episode intro.


Our keynote speakers were…

Dr Meredith Evans

Meredith Evans 
Meredith Evans is a manager of cultural institutions, a historian, archivist and librarian by trade. She deeply believes in supporting community collaborations to increase the number of collections that serve as evidence for written history and has written on the role and value of libraries and archives as advocacy organizations that support and document social change.



Matthew Reidsma

Matthew Reidsma
> Matthew is a well known and popular speaker on UX who gave a memorable keynote at the first UXLibs. He is the Web Services Librarian at Grand Valley State University, Michigan and co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Weave: Journal of Library User Experience. He is the author of Responsive Web Design for Libraries, and Customizing Library Vendor Tools for Better UX. Matthew will also lead a workshop at this year’s conference.


Our other speakers were:

Andy PriestnerAndy Priestner (Opening address/Committee)
> Andy is a freelance trainer and consultant in UX, leadership and teambuilding who has worked all over the world in the past year. He originated the UXLibs conference, and together with Matt Borg edited the UX in Libraries book. From 2015-17 he led the Futurelib innovation programme at the University of Cambridge which conducted UX research and design thinking across its libraries. He is a passionate advocate of a broad definition of UX which takes in library spaces and services as well as digital delivery. Ee also believes that all library staff should be empowered to conduct UX.


Anna KagedalAnna Kagedal (Workshop leader)
> Anna is Acting Head of Department for Research and Learning Support and Team Leader for Customer Service at the SLU University Library, Sweden. She has been working with UX since 2015, including both ethnographic user research and usability testing. Lately she has been working more on a strategical level to enhance the UX focus of her organization.



Anneli FribergAnneli Friberg (Workshop leader)
> Anneli has worked as a senior librarian at Linköping University Library, Sweden, since 2011. Prior to that she had 10 years of experience in public libraries. Formerly a manager Anneli switched focus to UX in 2013. She works with UX on a strategic level as well as practically by conducting usability testing and ethnographic user research.



Donna LanclosDonna Lanclos (Workshop leader/Committee)
> This is Donna Lanclos’ third year with UXLibs.  She is an anthropologist, folklorist, writer, and facilitator who has been working in Higher Education and libraries since 2009.  At this point she has done research in the US, the UK, Asia and Africa.  She hopes that attention to qualitative research, analysis, and ways of thinking in libraries will do more than provide different kinds of data for universities and libraries to consider, but will also inspire entirely new ways of advocating for critical, engaged, and ethical practices.


Matt BorgMatt Borg (Workshop leader/Committee)
> A Senior Librarian within Ex Libris, supporting libraries across Europe and previously a librarian at Sheffield Hallam University, Matt was the first person Andy invited aboard the UXLibs bus. He regularly co-delivers the UXLibs-in-a-day course and co-edited the UX in Libraries book for which he also wrote a chapter with Matthew Reidsma. He has written on responsive web design, information literacy and discovery systems and regularly speaks on these topics. He’s a member of the UKSG Committee, a freelance consultant and also co-created the Information and Creativity in Libraries conference (I2C2).

Ned Potter
Ned Potter (Team Challenge/Committee)
An Academic Liaison Librarian at the University of York for most of the time, and a Trainer on marketing and presentation skills the rest of the time. He wrote the Library Marketing Toolkit, published by Facet. Ned has presented at library events in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and even Latvia, but UXLibs is the only conference he is involved in organising because, honestly, he finds this sort of thing very stressful.



Vernon FowlerVernon Fowler (Workshop leader)
> As Deakin University’s Digital Library UX Specialist, Vernon leads user research in discovery layers, repository workflows, and other digital channels. He coordinates the University’s UX practitioners community of practice, collaborates with IT on web technologies, liaises with vendors and local academic librarians, and participates in UX Australia. An empathy building advocate, Vernon rallies library staff to ‘Work Like A Patron’. Recent presentations covered method cards, and students’ library search behaviours.