Library Instruction by Design: Using Design Thinking to Meet Evolving Needs
Friday, June 1 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Critique

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Critique is often a scary word, calling to mind memories of harsh, negative criticism, perhaps in front of a large peer group, like reading a poem aloud in a creative writing class only to have the instructor and classmates rip it to shreds. Such experiences are often the extent of knowledge about critique for non-designers. However, although some similarities exist (such as classroom and peer settings), well-executed design critique is not simply subjective negativity: it systematically articulates a framework for evaluation and then compares the work against that framework in the form of an ongoing, interactive conversation.
Quality critique does not come from thin air—it is a learned skill. In this session, librarians will be introduced to both giving and receiving critique before practicing those skills in a safe, low-stakes exercise. First, participants will learn how critique pertains to design and how it differs from other forms of evaluation. The process of design critique—specifically the “crit session”—will be described. A staple of design education, “crit” sessions provide budding designers with direct feedback on the project at hand, prepare them to give and receive constructive feedback, and construct frameworks for evaluation. Specific techniques for critique will be demonstrated, moving beyond the simple “I like it” vs. “I don’t like it” to the ability to see what users need and how well or poorly any given design may address those needs.  Participants will then practice giving and receiving critique in a mock crit session before concluding with reflections and specific connections to instructional design and the importance of critique in librarianship at large.

Session Learning Outcomes
  • Participants will be able to explain the role and importance of critique in the design process
  • Participants will be able to demonstrate techniques used in design crit sessions

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Rachel Ivy Clarke

Assistant Professor, Syracuse University

Friday June 1, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Maraschi University of San Francisco - Fromm Hall 2497 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118-4315

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