AL Project 3 - Adam, Ben & Kyle

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Girlsrule.jpg = hmm I wonder who posted this. - Ben ;-}
you'd be actually ben, read your numbers -Luce - Ben

How do we develop new ways of expressing existing information?

How do we find a way to expose secretive/hidden information in the library?

How much of past information is important in the present and how do we merge that information?

How do we make information accessible at all possible times?

I feel like Rebecca, Jason and David are addressing a similar problem to the one we are addressing. It is important to make the resources in the library known, and to expose existing/hidden information in a new light. I think that we could do this in various different ways.

1. Making lists of facts regarding the books we have.

  - least circulated books
  - oldest books
  - smallest/largest books

2. Virtually-----Make a video game out of finding a random book. I'm thinking of Katamari Damacy. But instead inside Crossett, collecting books by rolling around in the library. Or maybe the game just had one button and when you pressed it all of the books in the library would fall off of the shelves and you would pick one up. Maybe there could be a musical books type game. Maybe you could answer a series of questions and then the library would tell you a random book to go get based on your answers.

3. I think it would also be cool to merge Jennings and Crossett somehow. Maybe if we just brought over part of the Jennings library to Crossett and established a few listening stations.

The disparity between computer cluster and the rest of the library. There is such a disconnect between theses two aspects of Library.

Idea journey:
-utilize the screens of the cluster.
-This could be when the screen savers come on
- The information that is relevant to the user but is in accessible through the computer.
- Example: One can search the catalogue and NOT find relevant material for a specific topic, but if one goes into the stacks and starts pulling books they will find some of the best material.
- When one has such a journey, that journey is lost. It will never be seen again
- strings connecting books (pathways)
- Exploration analogy
- Explorers know about the explorations of the past, when they set out on their own.
- Show the explorations of the past; “am I following in the footsteps of others, or striking out on my own”
- a history of knowledge quests.
- show the stacks in a different way.
- a big circle, triangle, any different shape
- What if you could literally call a book. (call number)
- It would tell you about itself.
- It could glow for different subjects.
- It would tell you how to find it.
- If it wasn’t in it would tell you when it might be back
- A slider on the shelf that communicated back to the computers
- this would be a way to map someone’s “journey”
- the slider could be a finger print scanner (so that the journey could be tracked)
- it is opt-in, if you don’t want to participate then don’t slide.
-relevance indicator on the user unit
-could be integrated into the current catalogue system.
- the above idea could also be free moving (ie all axis of movement)


I think that there is strong potential in changing the ways in which information is accessed in the library. There are large amounts of information that people rarely access anymore such as old theses that could be made more available and noticeable to the campus as a valuable resource. -David

I agree, I think that we are addressing very similar ideas. Expanding on David's idea above ^^ I remember it being brought up in our meeting the other night, I think by David (?), about the theses being somehow digital. The more I thought about this after I left the meeting the more it made sense. Duh! Why doesn't every thesis presented also get put on a server somewhere. What a great resource. These things are already being written in a digital format like MSWord, why not also submit a .pdf that can be stored and accessed electronically? -Jason