It's been 48 hours since I returned from ConveyUX in Seattle, and I'm still filled with so much inspiration and energy from my week with new friends and colleagues. As a university administrator, writer, and librarian, I'm obsessed with process, storytelling, and hooking people up with the best resources possible. It comes as no surprise then that sometime during the opening panel discussion I realized that I'd found my tribe in the UX community.
Advocating for the patron is nothing new in librarianship. From collection development to technical services, librarians evangelize about discovery and access. We are the original information architects and keepers of collective knowledge. Librarians rule. But where our practice falls short - the user experience community offers elegant solutions to evaluate and evolve our programs, products, and service models.
I could go on and on about the fantastic sessions that I attended. (Everyone responsible for websites in libraries should be required to attend a content auditing workshop with Hilary Marsh, or listen to Kate O'Neill wax poetic on the power of place and metaphor in creating meaningful digital and physical spaces.)
Instead, here are a few choice jewels that I collected from my week at ConveyUX:
It was my first UX conference, but it certainly won't be my last. I'm looking forward to giving a talk to my team at Emory about all of the goodness I took home from the Emerald City this week, and am excited to be an advocate for design thinking in my institution. ConveyUX 2018, anyone?