This popped up in my Twitter feed yesterday. The UX Lib: User Experience in Libraries Conference will be held in Cambridge, UK in March next year (UX = User eXperience). It’s being billed as “A three day practical conference” (emphasis added), as it includes some hands-on experience for delegates. There will be the workshops, presentation and keynote speakers that you would find at any conference, but attendees will also work on a user experience project with one of the Cambridge University libraries. I think this is a great idea, as it will be an opportunity to take the theory and ideas that will be discussed and put them into practice in the real world straight away.
The focus of the conference isn’t just on designing websites, which is what UX has traditionally been concerned with, but will look at the design and use of spaces as well. This sounds like a great conference to go to if you’re interested in learning more about UX, and how it can work for your library.