Computational Alternatives Vignettes for Place- and Activity-Centered Digital Services for Public Libraries

Daisy Yoo, Aurélien Tabard, Alix Ducros, Peter Dalsgaard, Clemens Nylandsted Klokmose, Eva Eriksson, Sofia Serholt

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Abstract

We investigate how to design community technologies for public events. We do so with a focus on technologies that give rise to new forms of participation and knowledge co-production in public libraries. Specifically, we deployed a digital service at a major public library during its four-week creative workshop series. The system offered an alternative way for people to work together as a community, to go beyond achieving individual goals, and to contribute to the achievement of public goals (e.g., building community bookshelves). We report on how the system has reconfigured physical spaces and afforded new social practices in the library. We propose Computational Alternatives as a fruitful approach for gaining situated, nuanced insights into a technology's possible adoption. We offer key insights in the form of \textit{computational alternatives vignettes} -- grounded stories that encapsulate sociotechnical implications of technology, pointing to plausible alternative futures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '20: Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Number of pages12
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2020
Article number3376597
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-6708-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: CHI 2020 - Hawaiʻi Convention Center, Honolulu, United States
Duration: 25 Apr 202030 Apr 2020
https://chi2020.acm.org/

Conference

ConferenceCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
LocationHawaiʻi Convention Center
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHonolulu
Period25/04/202030/04/2020
Internet address

Keywords

  • computational alternatives
  • knowledge sharing
  • library events
  • place-centric
  • public libraries
  • third places

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