People Interact

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

Monthly Archives: June 2013

Guttman Information Commons – A Student-Centered Library

At the recent New York Library Club annual meeting held in the New Community College (recently re-branded to the Stella and Charles Guttman Community College), we had the chance to check out their information commons.

Established in 2011, the community college is one of CUNY’s (City University of New York) first new community college in over 40 years. This college is taking a different pedagogical approach hoping to bolster the dismal community college graduation and success rates.

group table seating photocopier 
The information commons/library plays a major part in the school’s goals. With an emphasis on  access, the information commons is touted as a student-centered space complete with all the necessary technology, space and resources for student self-sufficiency and collaboration. In a presentation given by the chief librarian, we were informed that the information commons is very popular with the students. After seeing the space, it’s not too difficult to see why.

Applications Being Accepted for 2014 Class of ALA Emerging Leaders

el_logoFor any newish library workers wanting a leg up on your career, we encourage you to apply to the American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders (EL) program. The EL Program is a leadership development program which enables ELs to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, and gain an inside look into ALA structure. It puts participants on the career fast track. Take it from 2 ELs. Better hurry and get those recommendations. Deadline is August 2, 2013.

Work on Your Career Goals this Summer

Summer beachEarlier this year, we talked about self-assessment, career goals, and career strategy.

Summer tends to be a quieter time. We suggest taking some time to focus on your career goals as part of your summer plans.

Enjoy your summer!

Embarrassing Signage

biogrophy signageRecently, I received this photo from a friend of a friend. This glaringly obvious mistake is so embarrassing that I will omit the name of the library that has yet to notice and take down its sign.

This will be the shortest post in our 2 years of posting because a picture is worth a thousand words.


Monthly Method Spotlight: Paper Prototyping


paper prototypingWhat: Paper Prototyping

When/why: This method is a quick way to organize, visualize, and test the design and layout of an interface (i.e. website, ATM, etc.).

How: Example scenario – You would like to create a website, maybe an e-portfolio. You have some ideas. Grab some paper and draw the design and layout of your website — how is the site organized, where does the navigation menu goes, do you need a footer, etc.

Tips: Use post-it notes, different color pens/highlighters, glue, scotch tape, scissors, etc.


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