Monthly Archives: December 2015

Website Redesign Update #4

 Ideation & Card Sort Activities Urbana, Rockford, Peoria, and Chicago

Tara conducted additional ideation and card sorting activities in LHS-Urbana, CLHS-Rockford, LHS-Peoria, LHS-Chicago, the College of Pharmacy, and Student Center East. Students filled out mad lib activities, wrote about what they like about the library website and what they’d like to change, and participated in card sorts where they organized and labeled groups of terms from our library website.

More about the research methods

If you’re interested in learning more about design and user experience research, please take a look at Universal Methods of Design – Bruce Hanington, Bella Martin (ProQuest Ebrary). It covers card sorting, the Love Letter & Breakup Letter, personas, and many other UX research activities.

Design Workshops

Sketching the novice student's research process.

Sketching the novice student’s research process.

The Implementation Team (Tara Wood, Tracy Seneca, Esther Verreau, and Allan Berry), along with Rosie Hanneke and Annie Armstrong, participated in a workshop with Pixo to map out the novice student’s research process, and then sketch out what we’d like on a home page that would support this process.

The Implementation Team and Isabel

Results of the Object Oriented UX Workshop. Pink post-its represent content types, blue represent metatdata items, and green represent possible connections between content types.

Results of the Object Oriented UX Workshop. Pink post-its represent content types, blue represent metatdata items, and green represent possible connections between content types.

Gonzalez-Smith also participated in an Object Oriented User Experience workshop, where we discussed and defined content types for our new site. Content types are reusable templates that can appear in different ways across the site. For example, a staff profile content type could appear in a staff directory listing and in an individual staff profile page.

The results of these workshops inform the process of building wireframes for the site. You’ll be hearing more about wireframes soon, but feel free to read more about how wireframes work in the design process.


Tara worked with Pixo to add some additional user personas. Personas are archetypes of users – they don’t represent an individual user or every type of user we encounter, but they’re the building blocks on which we can base common use scenarios. Our personas take into consideration diversity in ability and backgrounds of our students; their use of library space, resources, and expertise; and the external factors that motivate their use of the library. Eventually, we’ll expand on these and add additional personas for students, faculty, and staff.

You can learn more about personas and view the personas we have so far .

Research Sharing Workshops

Tara will conduct two research sharing sessions to discuss the results of the ideation and card sort activities, design workshops, and what’s next in the redesign process.

  • January 7th, 3pm at Daley Library, 1-360
  • January 12th, 3 pm at LHS – Chicago, 228

Blackboard Collaborate is available for remote participation for both sessions. Email to RSVP.

Phase 2 Research Brief

For more information on the Fall 2015 student research activities and design workshops, you can view the full Phase 2 Research Brief.

What’s Next

In January, we’ll be releasing wireframes for the redesigned site, conducting workshops with the Web Content Team, and starting development on the new site.

Please contact if you have any questions.


Annual literacy summit set for 4/29/16

The 15th Annual Information Literacy Summit (Illinois) will take place Friday, April 29, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., at the Moraine Valley Community College campus.

The Summit theme is Shifting Perspectives: Developing Critical Approaches in Information Literacy and will be presented by DePaul University Library and Moraine Valley Community College Library.

Information on the deadline for proposals (Friday, January 22, 2016) and the keynote address is below.

Call for Proposals
We are seeking presenters to lead engaging and interactive discussions about information literacy and library instruction. We are especially interested in breakout sessions and panels which explore critical pedagogies the evolving nature of information literacy and are related to this year’s theme, Shifting Perspectives: Developing Critical Approaches in Information Literacy. We hope to foster conversations across all types of libraries, schools and other organizations and encourage a diversity of perspectives in this proposal call.

The Summit is a regional conference which will be held at the Moraine Valley Community College campus. If you wish to propose more than one breakout session, please fill out a form for each topic. Breakout sessions and panels will be 50 minutes long and should include audience interaction or discussion. Panel discussions should have a three person maximum. Hands-on lessons and demonstrations (and/or practical takeaways) are encouraged. Sessions typically have 20-40 participants.

The submission should include a 200-300 word description of your session. Please include learning outcomes and a brief explanation of why people should attend your session and what they will take away. A shorter abstract (around 100 words) for publication in the Summit programming will be required as well.

Some possible topics for sessions include:

  • Critical Information Literacy
  • Critical Pedagogies
  • Threshold concepts
  • ACRL Framework for Information Literacy (applications, assessment, developing learning outcomes, critiques, etc.)
  • Metaliteracy
  • Digital Literacy
  • Instructional design
  • Pedagogy
  • Adult learners
  • Distance learners
  • Online learning
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Visual literacy
  • Collaboration across departments and organizations
  • Information literacy and Common Core standards
  • Transitions: High School to College
  • Transferring: Community College to 4 year institutions
  • Challenges and possibilities for the future

Keynote Address
Critical Pedagogy in a Time of Compliance Emily Drabinski, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Library Instruction at Long Island University, Brooklyn
The promise of critical pedagogy lies in its capacity to change lives–our own and those of our students–as we try new ways of thinking and teaching that challenge systems of power that privilege some and not others. In the last ten years, critical pedagogy has moved from the margins to the center, most clearly in its influence on the new Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education. Frames like Information has Value and Authority is Constructed have long been tenets of critical voices in the field, voices that can now be heard emanating from the center of our professional lives. And yet, critical approaches to teaching and learning face acute challenges from a higher education environment that increasingly values teaching and learning by the numbers, tying everything from accreditation to book budgets to quantifiable outcomes. In this talk, Emily Drabinski will explore these tensions and offer thoughts on how we can change the world while keeping our jobs.


Sustainability recycles alkaline batteries

The Office of Sustainability and Facilities Management accept alkaline batteries for recycling.

Departments and individuals should bring batteries to the Paulina Street Building, 1140 S. Paulina, Room 150 (MC 996); or to the Physical Plant Building, 1140 S. Morgan (MC 270).

The Office of Sustainability maintains a list of recyclable materials and suggestions on locations for recycling.