Ever wanted to know what your customers think is missing from a service point in your library?
There’s an easy way to find out … just ask! Post something that asks “what’s missing?” and start gathering answers. For example:
- Want to find out what’s missing on your public PCs? Tape a form to the table by each computer and ask for comments.
- Have a teen room, and you want to find out what’s missing there? Put up a white board that asks “what’s missing?” (and be prepared for some snarky responses. They’re teens, after all).
- Have a mobile website or app? Do what my library did. The last link on the main page of our mobile Boopsie app is “What’s Missing? Send us a Suggestion.” Clicking that link leads to an email form that gets sent to me. And believe me, people fill that out!
- Ask through your library’s social media channels.
You can ask a similar “what’s missing” question on a website, in a room of the library, or even in the stacks. The point is this: if you want to make improvements in the library, you need to find out what’s missing … and fix that stuff.
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Here are the presentations I gave while at Computers in Libraries (not counting my presentation on 15 Web Design Trends for 2013):
Here’s one of my presentations for Computers in Libraries 2013 – great conference! I’m posting this one separately, since there’s some good stuff here. I poked around in Google, and condensed a lot of “web design predictions” posts into this handy list of 15 web design trends for 2013. Which ones are you thinking about?
- Content first
- Design simplicity
- UX Centered Design
- App style interfaces
- Responsive design
- No skeuomorphism
- Fixed header bars
- Large photo backgrounds
- CSS Transparency
- Social media badges
- Infinite scrolling
- Homepage feature tours
- Sliding panels
- Parallax design
Enjoy! I’ll post links to my other CIL 2013 presentations in another post.
I gave this presentation last week at a webinar for the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council. There were a LOT of great questions afterwards. Lots of libraries are thinking about hackerspaces, makerspaces, etc … and trying to answer the “why” – as in why should we do this? What’s available? What are other libraries doing?
This presentation gave an overview of what’s happening, and also gave some tips on where to start.