Why we’re building a Data Detective Agency – An Artefacto Labs Update

The Data Detective Agency is an Artefacto Labs project that we’ve been working on since sometime late last year. It’s taken a bit of time as we tried different approaches and ironed out some unnecessary complexity. It’s an experiment in delivering Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for library staff in new and interesting ways. It’s also […]

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Top library links of 2019

It’s always interesting (and sometimes a little bit surprising) to see what links are most popular with the library and information network we share our newsletter with. It also seems like a good way to summarise the year in libraries and start looking forward to what’s to come for 2020. So let’s look back at […]

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ILI 2019 Invent and create: digital skills for library staff

This is the written version of a talk given recently at Internet Librarian International 2019 in Olympia, London. Slides are also available. === A participatory approach to staff learning The work we do with libraries encompasses a lot of different types of digital projects — including a lot of active learning-based training and other professional […]

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Failcamp, Librarycamp and the power of unconferences: An interview with Sue Lawson and Richard Veevers

Failcamp is an unconference event celebrating failure in all its many, glorious forms. We recently asked organisers Richard Veevers and Sue Lawson to share their thoughts and experiences with Failcamp, Librarycamp and why you should run your own librarycamp right now. What’s been happening since Failcamp 2018 in Manchester? Richard: Work! I’m lucky enough to […]

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Digital transformation in libraries: 6 user personas for the modern library

There are lots of reasons to be talking about digital transformation and innovation in the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) sector right now. The sector has been irrevocably impacted by changes in digital and information technologies. It’s changed the way we work, the work we do and the services we offer. It’s one thing […]

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A rapid guide to rapid prototyping: tools and techniques

Building prototypes is an important part of our work both in terms of experimenting with new technologies in Artefacto Labs products and in our work with clients. We believe an iterative, user-driven approach results in much better services and products that are user-friendly, adaptable and engaging. This is key to our product strategy. Prototyping is […]

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User onboarding for galleries, libraries, archives and museums

User onboarding isn’t something that’s talked about in cultural sector much but it’s an important part of how people experience galleries, libraries, archives and museums. We always recommend organisations regularly review their onboarding User Experience (UX), both online and offline because this is how you first introduce users to your services. And it’s also how […]

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