People Interact

Blog about people-centered design by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.

Monthly Archives: March 2012

Help Create a DRM-free Ebook Lending Social Network – Guest Post by Greg Belvedere

Help Create a DRM-free Ebook Lending Social Network.

Contribute to the Our Bookshelf Indiegogo campaign. A few months ago I wrote a guest post here that touched on some of the barriers to sharing ebooks legally. In that post I talked about my plans to create a DRM-free ebook lending social network called Our Bookshelf. I have designed the website and I now have a great developer lined up to build it. However, good programmers and graphic designers don’t work for free. So I have launched an Indiegogo campaign to help raise the funds. You get neat perks when you contribute. More importantly, you will help create a place where people can share ebooks as easily they share print books, but in a way that still treats copyright holders fairly.

Your contribution will help Our Bookshelf reach its first phase and become an ebook lending social network for public domain books. Since these books are not under copyright, users may share them freely without having to worry about restrictive licenses. Once we have an active social network we will work start getting authors and publishers to adopt our new ebook license that allows sharing. I have worked out way to share ebooks fairly through the Our Bookshelf website. You can read more about it on our Indiegogo campaign page or on our website. I hope you will contribute and help improve the way we share ebooks. I also encourage you to tell any bibliophile friends and colleagues that you have. You can find us on facebook, google+, and on twitter @ourebookshelf

Greg Belvedere is the founder of Our Bookshelf, the DRM-Free ebook lending social network.

Is Your Library People-Focused?

Are you seeking to make improvements and changes to your library on a small budget? Is your library looking to renovate, relocate, rebrand, or introduce a new service/program?

“DIY Usability and User Experience: Is Your Library People Focused?”

In this DIY-style workshop, you will learn to how use people-centered design methods at your library to help you plan, coordinate, assess and evaluate your services and processes to ensure that they are cost- and time-efficient. While you may not have the staff, time, or funding to do a full-fledged library usability and user experience study; together, participants will experience how to use these methods to make small changes for a big impact. Filled with examples, case studies, and activities, participants will leave this workshop with the framework and tools for completing their own DIY usability study.

When: Thursday, April 26th from 10am-1pm
Where: METRO in NYC
How much: $35 non-member/$25 METRO member employee/$20 myMETRO member 


We presented a similar workshop as a 75-minute talk table program “DIY Usability Study: Is your Library People Focused” at the Public Library Association 2010 National Conference and here’s what one participant had to say:

“Library Journal Movers and Shakers Sandra Sajonas and Lisa Chow teamed up to run an excellent talk table on methods you can use to study your library and make sure you are focusing on users in ways that work for them.”

Leadership and Career Development for the New Information Professional

We spoke at the annual SLA@Pratt Skill Share Fair on Leadership and Career Development for the New Information Professional.

Here are our presentation slides:

This is our third time participating in the annual Skill Share, check out our presentations from previous years.

We speak on a range of topics, including leadership & career development (i.e. e-portfolios), unconferences and people-centered usability. Contact us for more info.

Grubwithus: A New Type of Networking

What better way to network than breaking bread over the table together.  Check out Grubwithus, a new type of networking that happens around the table.  View your city and see what social dining events are happening or even start your own meal.

Freedom Is Blogging In Your Underwear

Freedom Is Blogging in Your Underwear

One of our favorites, Hugh MacLeod (author of Ignore Everybody), is coming out with a new book: Freedom Is Blogging In Your Underwear.

Just added it to our to-read list.

What’s on your to-read list?