People Interact

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

Monthly Archives: April 2013

Providing a Collaborative Environment for Learning, Sharing, and Relationship-Building – HealthCampNYC Unconference Poster Session at MLA 2013

MLA 2013 conference logoAre you going to MLA 2013?

Stop by Sunday, May 5th at 1:30-2:30pm at poster #129 in Level 2 Exhibit HallI will be presenting a poster session on “HealthCampNYC: Using Collective Knowledge to Improve Health Literacy and Community Health Through Unconferences”.

HealthCampNYC was a regional unconference that brought together over eighty-five educators, librarians, literacy professionals, public health and medical professionals, and people interested in sharing their work, skills, and knowledge about health literacy and community health. The content of the unconference is determined and managed by the attendees. HealthCampNYC offered a collaborative environment with unique opportunities for learning, sharing, and relationship-building.

Learn more about unconferences.

Little Island Library: Biblioteca de la Comunidad de Culebra

Culebra library collageOn a recent visit to Puerto Rico, I had a chance to visit the quaint Isla Culebra and its even quainter biblioteca.  Equipped with a 27 seat movie theater, 400+ books, computers, wi-fi and a staff of volunteers, the library (housed in 2 trailers) has become a community spot for residents and tourists since its inception in 2008.

On my visit I attended an art fair selling pieces made by students from Abbie’s school raising money for the school. I also talked to several patrons. One local family enjoyed reading in the children’s room. One young man has been on the island for 3 months and relies on the library’s wi-fi to write his dissertation.

Overall impression: an impressive little library that packs a punch.

Watch this video to learn more about the library. 

IDEAS CITY 2013: The Future City

New MuseumIf you happen to be in New York City on May 1-4, check out the IDEAS CITY festival created to explore the future city. Started in 2011 by the New Museum, the festival is a collaboration between various art, education, and community organizations to imagine our future around this year’s theme: Untapped Capital.

StreetFest, in conjunction with IDEAS CITY, is a street fair along the Bowery with people presenting models, projects and public events.

Co-Working in the the Library: EUREKA space

coworkingmainWhile co-working spaces are nothing new in the start-up community, a co-working space in the library is.  ASU Venture Catalyst, the start-up arm of Arizona State University, and Scottsdale Public Library are piloting their EUREKA co-working space at the Civic Center Library.

These new locations will combine elements of the now popular co-working spaces, along with expert library fact-finding services and ASU startup resources, into one designated place. Innovators and entrepreneurs can use these EUREKA co-working spaces on a daily basis to work on their ideas while also getting mentorship, advice, and access to some “pracademic” classes both online and in the libraries. – Scottsdale, Ariz. (PRWEB) February 05, 2013

Validating the library as a 3rd place (The Great Good Place, Ray Oldenburg) is a battle constantly fought by libraries. The EUREKA spaces and the Alexandria Network give further credence to the library as a 3rd space.

Bravo to ASU and Scottsdale Public Library systems for recognizing the value of libraries in today’s innovation/creative economy beyond being simply a storage house for business resources.

Monthly Method Spotlight: Word Association



What comes to mind when you think of SLA?
Word association activity at User Experience Caucus meeting, Special Libraries Association (SLA) 2012 Conference, Chicago.

What: Word Association

When/why: This method is a quick and informal way to gather information and insight about what people think about a particular organization, service, product, etc.

How: Example scenario – You want to know what people think of your organization, but you know that people don’t want to fill out a survey. Ask them what comes to mind when they think of your organization.

Tips: Tell participants to quickly tell you what comes to mind. The idea is to get their immediate reactions and responses, not thought-out ones.

Next Steps/Conclusions: Look for patterns in the responses.

Interested in using/applying these methods in your work? Contact us for more info.