User-Centered Design and the LIS Curriculum: Reflections on the UX Program at Pratt Institute

With its emphasis on users and their experiences with technology, User Experience (UX) is an emerging area of interest for many fields. It is especially relevant to the Library and Information Sciences (LIS) communities, as libraries, museums, archives and other information organizations become increasingly dependent on the web and digital technologies. This presentation describes Pratt Institute’s innovative, multi-faceted educational program aimed at preparing students for careers as UX professionals, either outside or within LIS-focused organizations, through blending traditional classroom learning with extracurricular opportunities that provide students with a mix of theoretical knowledge and practical application.

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Presented at 2014 Annual Conference of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE 2014).

User-Centered Design and the LIS Curriculum: Reflections on the UX Program at Pratt Institute