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Saturday, April 21 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
If They Build It, They Might Come: Design Thinking and Teen Summer Reading

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Curious about Design Thinking, a.k.a. user-centered design? This program will begin with an overview of our Design Thinking-based reboot for Multnomah County Library’s teen summer reading program and ongoing results. Participants will learn how Design Thinking (DT) encourages empathy, connection, and experimentation. Through the application to teen programming, we’ll discuss how DT encourages creative and nimble thinking to serve youth, who have grown up in a world where iteration is everyday. Our panel will discuss the range of time and staffing that can be required (hint: less than you might think) and break down the steps to getting started. Presenters will lead a mini-workshop of exercises and applications for Design Thinking to illustrate concepts, and participants will brainstorm internal and external challenges where they may apply user-centered design in their workplace. Ultimately, attendees will learn, question, practice, and then leave with some tools with which to explore user-centered design in their work.


Seana Lane

Summer Reading Program Coordinator, Multnomah County Library
Seana Lane enjoys finding innovative ways to serve youth in summer reading and learning. She’s also helped create Discovery Kits (circulating STEM manipulatives) and enjoys the challenge of moving from an output to an outcome-based evaluation of libraries’ impact and value.
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Windalu Medrano

Spanish-speaking Youth Librarian in Training, Multnomah County Library
Windy is currently pursuing her MLIS the University of Arizona as part of the online school. She has worked with the Spanish-speaking community in Multnomah County for many years and that experience inspired her to continue her education as part of the Knowledge River Program, which... Read More →
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Amy P Miller

Teen Librarian, Multnomah County Library
Amy Miller embraces youth services with enthusiasm and strives to find new and interesting ways to engage school age and teen patrons in their libraries. Most recently she has watched her branch’s monthly Science Adventure Club take off with the school age crowd. In addition, Amy... Read More →

Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Sousa Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA