Your Name and Title:

Patrick “Tod” Colegrove

Associate Professor, Library Director


Library, School, or Organization Name:

DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library

University of Nevada, Reno


Co-Presenter Name(s):


Area of the World from Which You Will Present:

West coast of the United States; Reno, Nevada, Pacific time zone


Language in Which You Will Present:



Target Audience(s):

Library faculty or staff; new to the field or seasoned professional, whether public, academic, or special library.


Short Session Description (one line):

This session offers clear examples from one library’s practice illustrating the practical and collaborative approach design thinking can have in the library, its impact on alignment with end-user needs, and the likelihood of successful innovation.


Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

The practice of libraries – and with it, librarianship – continues to evolve. New technology and services are fundamental to maintaining relevance and best meeting needs of communities served, but which technologies and/or services to implement? Once selected, how can the library create practices that ensure continued refinement and increased relevance of the library to its community? This session offers clear examples that illustrate the practical and collaborative approach design thinking can have in the library, ensuring greater alignment with end-user needs and increasing the likelihood of successful innovation. Building from a framework drawn in the overlap of design thinking with best practices of emerging technology and library practice, overarching phases of design thinking are explored as an interlocking framework. A deep-seated understanding of, and empathy with, the end-users of the library emerges as even more fundamental to library practice today. From the 3D printers and laser cutters of today’s library makerspace, through the library spaces, events, and collections of tomorrow; practical tools that we can use as we collectively work to navigate the future of the library.


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Thanks for this proposal! We've accepted, and you'll be getting an email from me with instructions.

The reviewers did comment that this sounds a bit vague, but they know you do some interesting work at your library and are hopeful that you will explain how DT was used to work through change - which is something the reviewers believe is one of the best aspects of DT, that is: it's value for giving staff a way to work through a process of change. 



Thank you for that feedback. Sharing examples of how we use Design Thinking to identify and implement change in our library is exactly what I had in mind. Looking forward to the conference,





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