Library Machines: A Lo-Fi Design Conversation
The future of libraries is here for the making.
Library Machines is the time and space to get folks together to imagine, design and market new Library Machines.
What’s a Library Machine? They follow a little formula, “mad libs”-style:
“It's a special kind of _______ (SITE) _______ (THING) that when you ________ (ACTION) it __________ (REACTION)! It's cool because ____________________ (TELL US WHY IT'S COOL).”
It’s a special kind of (READING ROOM) (ENVIRONMENT) that when you (WALK INSIDE) it (DISRUPTS WIFI AND CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY). It’s cool because (CROSSING THE THRESHOLD ALTERS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH TECHNOLOGY).
Successor to last year's “Libraries: The Ultimate Playground,” we’ll begin with some brief inspiration, jump right into a no-skills-required design sprint and finish up with show and tell.
Facilitators, props and architecture-student designed Library Machines will be on hand to spark ideas and keep the energy high.
Designer, Harvard Library Innovation Lab
Jeff Goldenson works at the intersection of libraries, technology and fun. He is the designer in the Harvard Library Innovation Lab where he imagines and builds new library projects, from policy to software to experiences. He's Co-Teacher, Harvard Graduate School of Design Seminar 09125, The Library Test Kitchen, a workshop where - with the financial support of the Harvard Library - students design and build their own library projects.
He earned a Masters of Science from the MIT Media Lab and a BA in Architecture from Princeton University.
Aarhus Public Libraries
As a library transformer I support the process of transforming the Main Library in Aarhus into our future library: Dokk1. This happens by working with the senior management and our project managers to ensure that the knowledge and lessons learned from our projects is shared and used. Simultaneously, I try to find out what will the next step for libraries be. Where should we go? What projects and initiatives can help us get there?
Areas of interest
Service design and design thinking
What is the new library experience? How can we involve all relevant users, staff, partners or citizens in the design process in order to create better products and services.
How will technology change the library of the future? What kind of new experiences can we?