Association of Independent School Librarians

2016 Summer Institute

  • 21 Jun 2016
  • 6:00 PM
  • 23 Jun 2016
  • 2:30 PM
  • Emma Willard School, Troy NY
  • 0


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Design Thinking @ Your Library

2-Day Workshop

Learn how to "do" design thinking and practice it through practical application to  library-related issues like research, space design, & the STEAM + Maker Movement.

Come early enough to join the welcome reception and design challenge kickoff starting at 6pm June 21st!


Design Think Your Way to a Better Library

As librarian-educators continue their efforts to integrate the library into the teaching and learning process they will encounter change with technology, demographic change, user expectations and administrative oversight. Design is at its essence about change, and creating products, services and spaces that provide elegant solutions to big problems. Be it library space, learning objects, websites or tutorials, librarians do design. To improve their design process, librarians should consider taking a more systematic approach referred to as design thinking. In this presentation Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian at Temple University Libraries, will lead attendees to better understand what design thinking is and how it can be applied by librarians to develop design challenges for tackling tough problems.​

Registration covers breakfast, lunch, and light snacks both days. We will tour Troy's Tech Valley Center For Gravity and do dinner on our own downtown the evening of the 22nd. There will be a New York style pizza party for anyone who stays over on the 23rd.

Getting to Troy

Emma Willard is 12.6 miles from the Albany International Airport (ALB). Know that Southwest flies into Albany.


We are 8.5 miles from the Amtrak Albany/Rensselaer Station.


If you are considering driving, maps and directions are provided here


You have 2 options:

Dorm rooms-- doubles at $50.00 per night/
Bedding, Lamp & fan provided. Fun, camp-like experience guaranteed.

OR, 2.7 miles away from campus, the Hilton Garden In.  To reserve a room from the Summer Institute block, click on the link below:

     @ $129. per night + tax


If you are staying on campus, we recommend using Capital City Taxi (518) 478-6994. Estimated cost from airport is $20 and train station is $18 (one way).

If you are staying at the Hilton, the hotel offers a free 11- person shuttle running on the hour and half hour, from both the airport and train station. Please call in late May/early June to reserve your spot. (518) 272-1700

An Emma Willard van will be used to shuttle Hilton attendees to/from campus at the beginning and end of each day.

Suggested Pre-Reading/Viewing

Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation by Tim Brown, CEO and President of Ideo. This well-written, readable book will introduce you to the concept of Design Thinking and get your creative juices flowing.

Design Thinking In Libraries blog post for Independent Ideas by Courtney Walker, January 16, 2015.

If you are a more visual learner, just google "Design Thinking TED Talks". There are many, many good ones!

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