Statement of Purpose

The Library UX Community seeks to create a digital space where people engaging in or interested in user experience processes within libraries meet. What does that mean? 

  • Digital space: We are a scattered group, and often each of us is the only person at our location advocating, implementing, or studying user experience – we need a digital space to gather.
  • People: That’s us. All of us. Librarians, library workers, library-adjacent folks. “Community” is as important as “Library” and “User Experience.” This experiment only succeeds with active participation from all of us. Observers are absolutely welcome, but we hope you'll join in before too long.
  • Engaging in or interested in: Not every organization has a strategic focus on UX work or a budget to support it. Maybe you don’t know exactly what UX work looks like. But you’re interested; and with more information available you think you might be able to win some successes at your library. You are welcome. 
  • User Experience: This is a process through which the end-user of your service, digital or physical, is a partner in the process of identifying problems, exploring options, and testing solutions.
  • Processes: UX doesn’t come with a blue print carved in stone. It takes many forms and workflows as varied as the problems being considered. We try, we learn, and we adapt.
  • Libraries: All the libraries. Academic, public, school, corporate, medical, what-have-you.

Whether you’re here to consult, contribute, or connect, welcome to the Library UX Community! 

Code of Conduct

We are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of level of experience, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, personal appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, nationality, or other characteristics. To that end:

  • Use welcoming and inclusive language
  • Be respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences
  • Gracefully accept constructive criticism
  • Focus on what is best for the overall community
  • Show empathy towards other community members
  • Respect that people have differences of opinion and that every design or implementation choice carries trade-offs. There is seldom a right answer.
  • Unless people are explicitly requesting it, really think about whether you need to critique their work.

Moderators will first respond to violations of the Code with a warning. If the warning is unheeded, the user will be temporarily blocked from posting. If the user returns and continues to make trouble, they will be banned from the site entirely.

If you feel you have been or are being harassed or made uncomfortable by a community member, please contact one of the moderators. Whether you’re a regular contributor or a newcomer, we care about making this community a safe place for you and we’ve got your back.

Adapted from the Rust Code of Conduct and the Community Covenant v1.0 by Coraline Ada Ehmke, which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

LUXC Moderators

Ideas? Feedback? Suggestions? Great! We want to hear from you!

Katie Bertel
Courseware Support Librarian, University of Pennsylvania
Shelley Gullikson
Systems Librarian, Carleton University
John Laskowski
UX & Web Strategy Coordinator, University of Illinois