Design Thinking for Libraries
Keynote Speaker Regional Conference: Julka Almquist
July 30, 2020
Libraries are striving to understand and meet the needs of our communities. Digital and physical library spaces are increasingly complex and challenging. The SEFLIN 2020 Regional Conference will dive deep into how libraries are experimenting and innovating with new approaches, new tools and new perspectives. How are we using creative thinking to enhance services, improve outcomes, and measure library services for our students and patrons?
Julka Almquist’s work has been largely focused on cultural and civic institutions exploring how design and thoughtful visions of the future, can empower individuals and communities. She is a co-author of the Design Thinking for Libraries toolkit, which was created as part of a long-term engagement focused on innovation in global public libraries. She has worked as a design researcher at IDEO, and previously taught design students at Art Center College of Design and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. at the intersection of anthropology and design from the University of California, Irvine