Design thinking—a method of problem solving that uses strategies and mindsets that designers use to create new something new —is increasingly popular in libraries. It has been used for reimagining physical library spaces, envisioning new innovative library services, and better understanding library users’ needs. In this panel discussion, selected speakers from public and academic libraries will discuss new applications of design thinking that they have undertaken at their libraries. Additionally, representatives from MLIS degree programs will also discuss how they are incorporating design thinking into education for future librarians. After each speaker presents a short overview of design thinking in their setting, the session will continue with a conversation about future uses of design thinking in libraries, with chances for audience questions and comments to steer the conversation.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.