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Monday, March 9

9:45am CDT

D03 (Seminar): Access Denied: Improving Library Digital Accessibility
This seminar is available to in-person attendees in Austin only. It will not be viewable via the Online Conference. 

Yes, we all know that accessibility is important. No one would argue that, but are you writing accessible Word documents and reference guides? Are you creating accessible tutorials? This seminar will walk you through the top accessibility mistakes we make as creators and how to fix them. I will also demonstrate a few free tools to check for accessibility issues. You will leave this seminar feeling confident in your abilities to implement accessibility best practices.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops to this session for hands on practice.


Darlene Aguilar

Instructional Design Librarian, Loyola Marymount University

Monday March 9, 2020 9:45am - 11:30am CDT
Room 301
  1. Tools and Methods

1:00pm CDT

Workshop: No Code, No Problem: Build Your First Voice UI!
This workshop is available to in-person attendees in Austin only. It will not be viewable via the Online Conference. 

Join voice developers from NPR in a workshop to build a Voice UI. Learn the tools that we use to brainstorm, design, and develop a fun application that you can fully interact with. Bring a computer, some enthusiasm, and maybe that question you always wanted to ask a Voice Assistant. No prior coding experience required!

UPDATE: Here is a link to the slides - https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Eq8gXl1mwAXaC2ksOLWh9ZaOQYUAmL4GMXZDywskN-g/edit?usp=sharing

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Bina Zafar

Senior Software Engineer, NPR
Bina Zafar is a senior full-stack developer at NPR.  She is a member of the Voice Platforms team, where she is currently focused on the development of NPR’s Alexa skills. Over the years, she has worked on a variety of projects for NPR, developing tools for content management, publishing... Read More →
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Kris Kagei

Voice Developer, NPR
Kris Kagei is a voice developer at NPR. Working in the emerging platform space grants her the opportunity within the tech industry to think about how to make information about the world we live in more accessible, all while building apps, learning from incredible mentors, and most... Read More →

Monday March 9, 2020 1:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Room 301
  4. Trends + Emerging Issues + the Future of Design

6:30pm CDT

This is a shared fun event with the ER&L Conference.
WHAT IS IT? BATTLEDECKS OR POWERPOINT-KARAOKE. Participants will present a topic (provided just before they begin), for 3 to 3 and a half minutes, accompanied by 10-15 PowerPoint slides selected and arranged by our team of brilliant library scientists. No preparation required or allowed. Participants will be judged (aren’t we all) by equally as brilliant library scientists, based on a criteria ranging from the quantitative use of time and slides to the qualitative general composure and ability to address the topic. A certain amount of artistic license is expected from both participants and judges in their work.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED? We’re looking for a few hearty folks to join in as:
  • Participants – Sign up early to secure your spot. We’re looking for up to 8 contestants.
  • Volunteers – We’ll need a few folks on hand to help run the show as timekeepers, impromptu Picasso’s and wardens of security against the intense battles.
If you are up for any of these roles, please contact Jesse Koennecke (jtk1@cornell.edu or @JayTeeKayOne) or sign up at the ER&L Registration Desk.

Monday March 9, 2020 6:30pm - 7:30pm CDT
Zlotnik 5
Tuesday, March 10

9:00am CDT

Workshop: Coding and Clustering User Research Data
This workshop is available to in-person attendees in Austin only. It will not be viewable via the Online Conference. 

In this workshop, we will introduce open coding and clustering as a way to analyze qualitative research data, and participants will have the chance to practice using interview transcripts and open-ended survey responses. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss issues and challenges in analyzing qualitative data.

Following this session, participants will be able to
  1. Code qualitative research data (e.g. interviews) as part of a team.
  2. Understand how individual perspectives affect interview coding.
  3. Create affinity maps to explore research data and present easy-to-communicate summaries of complex research.
  4. Cluster research data algorithmically.
  5. Understand the relative advantages and disadvantages of algorithmic vs. manual clustering.

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Emma Boettcher

User Experience Resident Librarian, University of Chicago Library
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John Jung

Programmer/Analyst, University of Chicago Library

Tuesday March 10, 2020 9:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Room 301
  1. Tools and Methods

1:30pm CDT

Workshop: Understanding Library Metadata for Design & UX
Please bring a laptop to this session as you will be working within Zoom with a remote instructor. 

This workshop is available to in-person attendees in Austin only. It will not be viewable via the Online Conference platform. 


This workshop teaches the fundamentals of library metadata standards and practices from the perspective of designing user interfaces. We cover standard descriptive practices from cataloging and digital collections and how they are frequently implemented. Finally, we will explore strategies for testing the impact and effectiveness of metadata choices on user experience.

Following this session, participants will be able to: 
  1. discuss the impact of metadata standards and practices on design and functionality.
  2. identify strategies for isolating the effect of metadata from the effects of other design features. 


Jeanette Norris

Brown University

Tuesday March 10, 2020 1:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Room 301
  2. UX in Practice

3:30pm CDT

Workshop: Go UX Yourself: Running a Space Design Workshop for Library Employees
This workshop is available to in-person attendees in Austin only. It will not be viewable via the Online Conference. 

While UX practice continues to grow in libraries, Employee Experience (EX) is often overlooked. This workshop will introduce practitioners to EX through a practice space redesign scenario in a fun, low-stakes, learning environment. Takeaways include a resource bank with descriptions of the activities and techniques used in the workshop and example outlines to craft and run your own EX space redesign workshop.

Following this session, participants will be able to:
  • understand the basics of Employee Experience research, how it relates to and differs from User Experience research.
  • utilize UX techniques to research and improve library employee experience.
  • facilitate a space design workshop for library employees.

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Amanda VerMeulen

Assoc. Library Director for Research, Learning, and Outreach, Frostburg State University

Tuesday March 10, 2020 3:30pm - 6:30pm CDT
Salon D/E

4:30pm CDT

D27 (Seminar): Build Custom Bootstrap Web Components Instantly with Bootstrapr
This seminar is available to in-person attendees in Austin only. It will not be viewable via the Online Conference. 

The Bootstrapr application is free and open source software which allows users of Third Party Applications built on the Bootstrap front-end framework (LibGuides, Sakai and other LMSs, etc.), to leverage standard bootstrap components to better structure their content, and provide a common interface style and clearer affordances. I will demonstrate how to use the various tools in Bootstrapr to build Bootstrap components to rapidly build a LibGuide—all without writing a single line of code.

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Randal Sean Harrison

Emerging Technologies Librarian, University of Notre Dame
I am a cultural theorist of technology and communication designer working as the Emerging Technologies Librarian for the Hesburgh Libraries at the University of Notre Dame. There I assist users with the identification, evaluation, and use of emerging technologies, innovative online... Read More →

Tuesday March 10, 2020 4:30pm - 6:00pm CDT
Salon A/B
  1. Tools and Methods

7:00pm CDT

Movie Night at ER&L
This is a shared event with the ER&L Conference. Join us for a special screening of The Joker from Swank Motion Pictures, Inc and Swank Digital Campus!  

If the movie is not your cup of team, stop by for Movie Snacks and play a card game, work on a puzzle or play connect 4.

Tuesday March 10, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm CDT
Room 204

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