Libraries have embraced the recent explosion of digital content and no longer are simply warehouses of physical books. Today's libraries are gathering places that are challenged with enabling collaboration, accessing and exposing physical and digital collections, and supporting the creation and integration of new forms of knowledge.
Interactive surfaces in libraries support moving away from text-dominated search interfaces; the nature of direct interaction encouraging the integration of graphics, spatial interaction with information, and the possibility adding input to the system. Additionally, surface technology enables the interactive presentation of information to individuals or groups.
This workshop aims to provide a venue for collaboration and discussion on the successes and pitfalls already encountered in working in with interactive surfaces in library spaces bringing together researchers, designers, and practitioners.call for participation for more details.
The goal of this one-day ITS 2013 workshop is to cross-fertilize insights from different disciplines, to establish a more general understanding of interactive displays in library contexts, and to develop an agenda for future research directions in this area. Rather than focusing on paper presentations, this workshop aims to trigger active and dynamic group discussions. Potential topics for discussion include but are not limited to the following questions:
- What is the potential of interactive surfaces in library spaces?
- What are potentially useful and attractive application areas, even beyond information exploration?
- How can we design large surface interfaces to help the exploration and analysis of library collections?
- How can interactive surface technology promote collaborative scenarios in library environments?
- What tools are available to support social experiences and collaboration?
- Stories of failure: What are the pitfalls of interactive surfaces in library spaces and what can we learn from them?
- What might be guidelines and best practices for deployment and uses of interactive surfaces?
- How can partnerships between researchers and libraries & archives be established to achieve successful collaborations for all parties?
- What is the future of interactive surfaces in library spaces?
- How can they be combined with other (novel) technologies and existing exploration practices?
We see this workshop as an opportunity to build a strong research community around interactive surfaces in library spaces and fuel future research agendas.
For more details on the workshop please refer to our workshop proposal.