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SXSW Interactive 2014

Library Machines: A Lo-Fi Design Workshop

The future of libraries is here for the making.

Library Machines workshop 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).”

E.g.

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.

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  1. Why is the library, up there with the US Postal Service, the coolest design opportunity out there?
  2. What are 7 inspiring library experiments from around the world that we can bring back to our local communities? What are some overarching themes can we draw from them?
  3. How can we disrupt the “Libraries = warehouses for books” perception and create a new library culture? What could a different kind of library feel like?
  4. How can the library be an innovation lab for the local community?
  5. What are 5 things my local library could buy or build today that will attract new people and bring them back with their friends? (3d printers not included)

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Organizer

Jeff Goldenson, Designer, Harvard Library Innovation Lab, Harvard University

Meta Information:

  • Tags: design
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Core Conversation
  • Track: DIY, Hacker and Maker
  • Level: Intermediate
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