UX Project with Chapel Hill Public Library

Influx is working with the Chapel Hill Public Library on a 10-month-long UX assessment and improvement project. We’re stoked, and already feeling super energized by the smart and enthusiastic folks at CHPL.

Major areas of interest include the physical building’s layout and flow, and the library’s website; we’ll launch a new one in Spring 2016. We have a lot to learn about the library, and specific areas of work will bubble up as we dive in.

We’ll also work on updating the library’s mission statement, vision, and organizational values. This is a strong indication that they’re digging deep with user-centered thinking. We love it!

Another cool thing about this project: we’re designing out in the open. 

What’s designing in the open?

More learning and transparency! As the project develops, we’ll post artifacts and deliverables for everyone to see. This makes internal communications easier, but Influx and CHPL also want other libraries to be able to learn from the process.

If you want to follow along, start at the CHPL UX Project Site and don’t miss the Project Timeline.

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Decision Notebooks For Sale

decisions notebooks

Here’s another notebook for jotting down all of your great library improving ideas!

They measure 3.5″x5″ and contain 32 pages of dotted grid pages. Optimized for brainstorming, they fit in your pocket so you can have one you wherever you go. I think it is best one yet!

$3 each
$8 for 3
$25 for 10
(plus some modest shipping charges!)


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Influx Library User Experience Newsletter

Sign up now and get in on the ground floor! Newsletter 001 is about to make its way into inboxes, and there’s a little reward for everyone signed up before it is sent.

What to expect from this newsletter

We will send you UX related links that we find interesting. Maybe a little bit of original content will sneak in on occasion. Whatever the case, we’re aiming quality over quantity. (Yes, just like we advocate for libraries – not only only their websites but also programs and services too). This is an experiment and we’ll adjust it as we go along.

Putting it together felt different than preparing content for this site, so it’ll be different but I can’t quite put my finger on how it will be different. If you like this site, you’ll like the newsletter. Or your money back!

Whatever the case, it will be 100% non-spammy and we’ll give it our 100% to make it interesting and informative!

You should sign up now.

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The Usable Library

Have you seen The Usable Library? I gave it a refresh last week.

The Usable Library: Straight talk from Influx Library User Experience

All sorts of straight talk about library usability, and a redesigned postcard that you can print and hang up!


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I Was Interviewed

Karen Lauritsen is a rad librarian at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Check out her TedxUCLA talk called Libraries Can Be Loud.

Last month we had a little conversation and she posted it to her site Maths and Arts. If you like read this site you might like the post: An interview with Aaron Schmidt of Walking Paper about user centered design for libraries.

Thanks for the interview, Karen!

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Introducing Prefab: the Library Website Service

I’m super excited to announce a new project from Influx:
Prefab: the library website service.

Prefab is a ready to launch website designed for libraries. We’ve designed an amazing library website so you can concentrate on developing awesome content.


How it works

Sign up, fill in your content, launch. All in the same day, if you’re motivated!

Prefab is designed for libraries:

  • Easy catalog search integration
  • Simple item promotion
  • Events advertising space
  • Responsive design – looks great on all devices
  • Powered by WordPress
  • Easy links to social media profiles

What you get with Prefab:

  • Hosting
  • A back end training session
  • Email and phone support
  • Information Architecture and navigation suggestions
  • Help arranging your domain


Stop the madness

Libraries across the country are all working – with limited resources and skills – to solve the same, basic library website design problems. It makes no sense! So we did the design work and created a template that’s appropriate for many different libraries.

There’s a lot more information at the Prefab page on Influx’s site.

Many thanks to Running in the Halls for their assistance with the theme development.

Need an amazing library website fast? Check out Prefab now.

rainbow copy

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144 We Are Not Our Patrons Pencils Available!

Good news: I have a gross of these pencils left over from a project. They can now be yours – $2.00 for three pencils. Yeah!

Visit the Walking Paper Shop

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Please Take This Summer Reading Program Survey

I’m working with PLA on a project exploring the future of summer reading programs. As part of our research we created a summer reading programs survey.

Getting a lot of responses will help make the project a success so if you’re not the expert about your library’s summer reading program I hope you’ll pass on the survey’s URL to the person in your library that does.


Take the Summer Reading Survey.

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My Updated National Library Symbol in Action

The San Jose Public Library employed my Updated National Library Symbol for a web graphic. Super!

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I Need Some Checkout Receipts

Odd request, I know.

If you have a moment I’d really appreciate it if you’d scan or photograph one of your library’s checkout receipts and send it to me. Ideally it would have at least two items on it.

My address is: librarian at gmail

Thanks a lot!

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