Yes we’re doing it all again!

Following on from our successful conference in Glasgow in June 2017 which focused on values and ethical dimensions of UX research, UXLibsIV will be taking place in Sheffield on 6-7 June 2018.

We will be announcing the call for papers later this month, while booking will open in January 2018. Get those June dates in your diary now. In the meantime…

Announcing our keynote speakers and theme…

We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers and the chosen theme. This year we will be inspired by two wonderful individuals from Scandinavia: Sara Lerén from Sweden and Christian Lauersen from Denmark.

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 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.

You will note from their biographies that both Sara and Christian are passionate about inclusivity which is this year’s conference theme. We did not set out this year intent on this particular theme, rather it has been something of an evolutionary process, and a natural progression from the values and ethics in UX work strands that we started to explore in Glasgow. As our speakers fell neatly into place it was almost as if the theme found us rather than the other way round. Sara and Christian will have important things to say about inclusivity, about how to improve and increase it in a variety of contexts, and how we can reflect on our own perceptions and preconceptions in our professional, UX, and day-to-day lives. Beyond Sara and Christian we are also planning to invite two plenary speakers who will also present on this theme.

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. We will also be including workshops during the conference which, as ever, will be led by experienced library practitioners. We’re keeping the names of these workshop leaders ‘under wraps’ for now but the workshops they are planning promise to be hugely valuable.

In a few weeks’ time we will be putting out the conference call for papers. As in previous years we will be looking for great stories about UX research practice.

This year we expect the conference fee to be around £375 (this figure is, as ever, dependent on the sponsorship we attract).

We are currently working on layout of the very first UXLibs Yearbook and this should be available in printed and electronic form next month. The contributions from last year’s speakers and delegates are something quite wonderful and we’re very excited about this publication.

Andy, Matt, Bryony
UX in Libraries