Designing the future of libraries


Designing for Digital is meant to bring together UX professionals, web designers, managers, researchers, strategists and librarians of all types to examine the current user’s experience of the library and design the future of libraries in the modern, digital world.

Commitment to Accessibility and Inclusivity

D4D is committed to creating an inclusive and comfortable conference experience for all attendees. Here are the features we have in place to ensure that the D4D conference is safe and accessible to all:

  • The entire program, less workshops, is available to be viewed via the Online Conference, some sessions being available live with the remainder within 24-48 hours of completion. ER&L makes a commitment to an online conference and have since the beginning of ER&L so that geography will not be a barrier to access to the conference.
  • D4D will be closed captioning all of the sessions available via the Online Video Conference.
  • We have accessible sleeping rooms in our hotel block.
  • Every session room will have dedicated wheelchair-accessible seats designated with a special sticker.
  • Wheelchairs will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for attendees that require mobility assistance.
  • ASL Interpreters can be made available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. To use the service, please submit a request no later than 30 days prior to the start of the conference so we can ensure appropriate staff is scheduled.
  • Gender Neutral restrooms are available on property, designated with an appropriate sign.
  • The D4D Conference is weapon-free conference environment.
  • A private, locked Nursing Room will be available on property.

Commitment to Sustainability

D4D is committed to sustainability in the community and environment. Here are the features we have in place:

  • Austin, Texas is recognized as a sustainable, green city. Read more herehere and here.
  • The AT&T Hotel and Conference Center was designed, built, and now run with a keen environmental conscience. Read more here.
  • Whenever possible, materials are provided digitally rather than printed. If printed materials are required they are abbreviated versions with expanded information available digitally.
  • As many items as possible are curated and printed locally and/ or with small local businesses.
  • All disposable printed materials, including program books and poster boards, are recycled.
  • Large printed items are created with annual reuse in mind.
  • Attendees are encouraged to turn in their badge holders and lanyards post-conference so they can be reused or recycled.
  • Supplementary hotel rooms are contracted within walking distance whenever possible.
  • We encourage the use of rideshare services and pedicab services as posted on our website.
  • We encourage attendees to bring water bottles and coffee mugs for beverages.