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. Booking will open in January 2018.

Our Call for Papers has just gone live, see further below for full submission details.


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 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.


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.


The Call for Papers from UXLibs delegates is now live. We want to continue to help delegates share their amazing UX work, projects and activities through such papers. We know that awesome and excellent work is going on. We know that some of you are new to these ethnographic and design practices, and that some have been engaged with them for quite a long time. We want to hear from all of you.

Your submitted paper should challenge your audience and help them grow their own knowledge of UX in Libraries. The theme for next year’s conference is inclusivity. Think of that as a backdrop, rather than a mandate for papers. The stories we’re looking for could be about any aspect of your UX work – internal to the library, elsewhere in your institution, or in the wider community. We’re looking for papers across the continuum of UX in Libraries. Examples might include project findings, best practice, actionable insights, or turning data into new services and products.

Our delegates attend from all over the world, they consistently delight us with their passion and enthusiasm and the conference has a particular style (think “the sort of conference that names teams after planets from Doctor Who…”). Write your proposals with all of this in mind!

Submission details:
Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words, a presentation title, a brief biography (biographies if a joint paper), and your email address. Also please briefly detail what you think attendees will learn by coming to your session. You can send your submission as a Word or Pages file or in the body of email to admin@uxlib.org. Papers may be co-authored and co-presented but by no more than two attendees – please advise us who is the ‘lead author’ in these cases. We follow a blind peer review process for all submitted papers. If your submission is successful you will have 20 minutes in which to present your paper at the conference. You will be presenting to around a third of delegates (around 30-50 people) as these sessions will run in parallel to each other.

We are very happy to accept papers detailing user experience projects that are currently ongoing, so don’t avoid applying because some of the the work (research, analysis, evaluation) is still ahead of you. Most research ends up somewhere very different to where it starts so we are also relaxed about potential discrepancies between your eventual presentation and your submitted abstract.

The closing date for papers is Friday 9 February 2018. We will advise you if your submission has been successful by Friday 23 February 2018. If you are selected to present at the conference you will receive a 10% discount on the delegate rate in recognition of your contribution. if the paper is going to be co-presented then the 10% discount will be split between the two presenters

Once again we will be presenting a prize for the best conference paper (a free place at next year’s conference) won last year by Emma Wisher.

Use of the word ‘paper’ does not mean you will need to provide an academic written paper, we are simply referring to your eventual presentation.

Feel free to contact conference chair Andy Priestner on andy@uxlib.org if you want to discuss any aspect of this year’s Call for Papers.


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


We are still working on the very first UXLibs Yearbook and this should be available in printed and electronic form during December. 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