Prototyping for Progress

This postconference workshop will be held online using Zoom.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
1:00 – 4:00 pm EST
Cost: $50

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Prototyping for Progress: Using a design thinking approach to implement OA and collections strategy


Libraries and other higher education stakeholders have talked about change for decades. Some institutions manage change better than others, using various methods and incentives, although our community as a whole is known for our glacial timelines. Our current environment necessitates new approaches not only for operational shifts and budgetary reactions, but in approaching our most important initiatives during the greatest period of uncertainty many of us have seen in our careers. This program will outline and immerse participants in one such approach.

This workshop is positioned at the intersections of design thinking, scholarly communication, and strategic collection management. Participants will first gain a broad understanding of how design thinking can be utilized to quickly shift acquisitions practices as well as plan for large-scale campus initiatives, such as engaging faculty in conversations around Open Access. Using a project or idea from their home institutions, participants will walk through the various steps in a design and prototyping process, while gaining exposure to example projects and methods utilized by the presenters across multiple libraries. Guiding templates and timed breakouts will be used to help facilitate the online nature of the workshop.

Many involved in the acquisition of and communication around scholarship are not formally trained in project management or design. But all librarians and administrators in these areas are invited to take the first steps in this workshop and explore a tried and true approach to quickly turning ideas into action. 


Joelle Pitts, Associate Dean for Administration, Planning, and Assessment, Carnegie Mellon University Libraries

Joelle Pitts is the Associate Dean for Administration, Planning, and Assessment at Carnegie Mellon University Libraries. In that role she is responsible for library finances, technical services, operations, human resources, assessment, and reporting. Previously she served as the head of the Content Development and Academic Services departments of the Kansas State University Libraries. Joelle holds masters degrees in library science and business administration. She is a founder and board member of the award-winning New Literacies Alliance, an inter-institutional information literacy consortium dedicated to creating institutional, technological, and vendor-agnostic online lessons. Integrating her instructional design, collections, and management experience, Joelle’s research areas include: distance education and e-learning theory, design, and assessment; inter-institutional collaboration; as well as the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy. She has published and presented on these topics at the local, national, and international level.

L. Angie Ohler, Director of Collection Services, University of Maryland Libraries

L. Angie Ohler is the Associate Dean for Content and Digital Initiatives at the University of Arkansas Libraries with responsibilities for IT, technical services, collection development, data management services, and scholarly communication. She earned her MLIS at Catholic University and a Masters in Anthropology from American University in Washington DC. A regular contributor to the profession, Angie sits on the editorial board for the Serials Review journal, and has just served as the nationally elected vice chair/chair-elect of the ALA’s Association for Library Collections and Technical Services Section (ALCTS) Acquisitions Section as ALA began transitioning to a newly merged CORE division. Her scholarship includes peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and national conference presentations focusing on scholarly communication, collection development, e-resource management, library services platforms and discovery systems, organizational change and change management.


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