“What is this?” Design thinking from an LIS student perspective

Your Name and Title:

Kelsey Brown, Reference Assistant, Langson Library


Library, School, or Organization Name:

University of California, Irvine


Co-Presenter Name(s):

Not Applicable


Area of the World from Which You Will Present:

United States (West Coast)


Language in Which You Will Present:



Target Audience(s):

Academic librarians; LIS educators; LIS students


Short Session Description:

A current LIS student’s experience of an online design thinking course.


Full Session Description :

One year into the MLIS program at San Jose State University, I took a chance on a design thinking course. I had no design background or experience and also had a vague understanding of the idea of design thinking. As the course progressed, my perception of design and libraries as both separate and interconnected topics evolved. At the start of the course I was concerned about having to be creative on a deadline. However, by the end of the course I was equipped with a radically different process for guiding the development of ideas which has positively impacted my academic and professional work. In this presentation I will discuss the reasons behind choosing a design thinking course, challenges associated with taking it in an online environment, the immediate impact on my current library work, and why I would recommend a design thinking course to other LIS students. I will also compare my experience in this course to others in the program and offer ideas for improvement for future iterations of the course.


Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:

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