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Getting buy-in on user centricity

I’m working on a post about professional association involvement, but honestly I got sidetracked by some other projects, including the LITA Forum. And the post is taking forever, because, seriously, it turns out that people had a lot to say. I think it’s going to be several posts, over the course of a week, rather than one gargantuan post.

Anyway, I had a great time and learned a lot at the LITA Forum! I also gave my first solo national-level talk there, and I think it went fairly well—people discussed during the discussion period (20 of the 50 minutes), and there were questions and requests for documents afterward. And tweets! It wasn’t perfect; I forgot to say some things I had wanted to say; but, overall, I feel good about it.

In case you’re interested in seeing my slides, the tweets about the session, or the document I discussed toward the end of my presentation (my workplace’s plan for our web presence), I’ve posted them all publicly on ALA Connect: http://connect.ala.org/node/213994

I’d like to go back and write speaker notes for the slides, since some of them are a little incomprehensible without them, but I haven’t taken the time yet. There’s some doubt about whether I really will, so, if you’ve got questions (“What was the point of the guinea pigs slide?”) or want to push me to actually create said notes, hit me up with a comment. :)

Also! We’re finally going to move forward on forming a LITA User Experience Interest Group, which we hope will join forces with the RUSA UX Committee (or some other UX structure in RUSA). I haven’t read through the documentation about how that’s done, yet, but if you want to sign the petition to create it and/or join after it exists, put your name on the Google Doc, and I’ll be in touch.

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