Are you a trainer who engages with library staff and users? Join ALA Publishing and Infopeople for this three-hour interactive preconference that will provide you with strategies to develop more innovative and meaningful learning for your staff and users. Design thinking is an unique approach that can help you create training that is more impactful both in theory and practice.
Using design thinking principles, you will:
- Learn how to design better training through empathy to gain insights into learners’ challenges and needs.
- Develop and test prototypes and creative training ideas without a large investment of time or money.
- Gain hands-on experience with the design thinking process.
Perhaps you feel like you aren’t connecting with learners or like your training doesn’t “stick.” Design thinking is about creating solutions that meet the needs of your target audience. In this preconference, you will be introduced to design thinking concepts, learn best practices for using these concepts, and understand how they relate to learning by working through a toolkit, developing and testing prototypes, and participating in facilitated small group discussions. You will have the opportunity to look at your projects through the lens of design thinking and then apply these skills to your library training initiatives. You will leave ready to design learning events that make a meaningful impact in people’s lives.
Greg Diaz and Brenda Hough will lead the preconference. Lisa Barnhart with Infopeople and Dan Freeman and Samantha Imburgia with ALA Publishing will help facilitate small group discussion.
About the Presenters:
Greg Diaz is a librarian with the Chicago Public Library (CPL), where he serves as a branch manager. Greg has developed design thinking projects and training since 2014, when he joined the CPL Games Team, and worked to develop the CPL Games on the Go initiative and CPL Design Thinking Bootcamp.
Brenda Hough has been a librarian for more than 20 years. She has delivered training and instruction for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, WebJunction, the Public Library Association, Infopeople and more. Previous positions include staff development coordinator and continuing education coordinator. Currently, she is an instructional designer for Infopeople.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA
Meeting Type: Preconference/Institute, Ticketed Event
Cost: Ticketed Event. Not included with registration. Visit the Ticketed Events Information Page for further details.