Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Introduction to Design Thinking

Instructor: Carli Spina

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs

Price: $175

Though the word design may readily bring to mind an image of architecture or graphic design, it is much broader than that. Design impacts virtually all aspects of library work from space design to service design to curriculum design. But, how do you ensure that your design is successful? Design Thinking is an approach to tackling problems and developing creative, user-centered solutions. This course will walk participants through the theory behind this process and offer a chance to gain hands-on experience with each step in the Design Thinking cycle. Participants will learn how libraries have found success through Design Thinking and techniques for bringing Design Thinking to any type of library.

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define Design Thinking and understand each of the steps in the process
  • Understand how Design Thinking has been applied in a range of library settings
  • Apply the steps of the Design Thinking process
  • Build prototypes
  • Ideate and develop ideas, including as part of a group

This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in User Experience (UX), but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Carli Spina

Carli Spina is the Head Librarian, Assessment and Outreach at the Boston College Libraries. Carli holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, an MLIS from Simmons GSLIS, and an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has extensive experience working on web design and technology projects as well as serving as a coordinator for services to patrons with disabilities. She is the current chair of LITA's Diversity and Inclusion Committee and has also served as the leader of the ASCLA Library Services to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print Interest Group. She has taught many classes and workshops for librarians, academic staff, and students on a range of topics, including accessibility and web design. Twitter, Website

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Payment Info

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.