AL Project 5

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Alright, all: paste your sentences and scenarios and leave comments and stuff.


Work off the same base, but maybe add more description, etc.

The original: Encourage browsing with seductive interactive objects that record and transmit multiple layered information. [object touches book(s); lights up]

Encourage browsing and deep exploration via seductive interactive objects. Joe 10:48, 12 November 2007 (EST)

Encourage browsing and deep exploration via seductive interactive objects where the particulars of the exploration are ambiguous yet intriguing. Joe 10:49, 12 November 2007 (EST)

Encourage browsing and discovery where the particulars of the exploration are invisible and transmittable. (kyle)

Encourage browsing and discovery with seductive interactive objects that reveal hidden information which is then recorded and transmitted. -Luce and Kyle

Create a community intervention that seeks to draw people into library by using a playful tone that transforms and gives life to information available in the library.


David, Hannah, Rebecca

Bokmarks as input/output device for the HotText system Plus online way to access information, too (not phone system)
[anybody could leave information - teachers, prospies, parents, townies]
HotText: "Create a community intervention that seeks to draw people into library by using a playful tone that transforms and gives life to available information."
HotText has two systems of information: pre-recorded personal ad things and user input, gathered by the BookMarks.
Work on personalizing every book, but also have an automated system / algorithm -- every book should have something to say to you.

  • Person walks into library.
  • Goes to bookshelves.
  • Sees BookMark in book.
  • Approaches the book.
  • The design of the BookMark communicates how to interact with it.
  • User interacts with it (not necessarily knowing what it will do).
  • User is encouraged to leave a trace for the next person.

How do you make them aware that the book is attached to the message? How do we convey the use of the BookMark? How to we ensure that the message is tied to the proper book?? Prompt using book name?
Scan. Record. Place. Listen?
To record a message you have to scan a book.
Introduce to people when they return books. Goes up to front desk. Conveyed how to interact; asked if they want to record a message about the book. [Only situation where there is always a person there who can answer questions]
In computer allowed to add documents or scans to the catalog. (Digitizing people finding things in books, in the margins, papers, photos, anything that has to do with it at all... thesis papers)
People can leave message via HotText too.
Three pronged: database, BookMark and HotText all ways of recording and adding data.

  • Somebody encounters a BookMark.
  • The design communicates to them that they can access a record message or record their own.
  • If they want to record their own, they first need to select a book to tie the message to. They can choose to identify who they are / tie that information to the message.
  • By seeing other BookMarks they know how to place it in/on/over/under/around a book.

  • You use any phone to dial HotText.
  • You are given choices: book recommendations, information about a certain book (BookMark recordings. is it checked out? ability to renew?), random recording.
  • Book Recs: choose a topic of interest and a "personal ad" is played for you.
  • Certain Book: enter the book-specific number and listen to user pre-recorded messages or choose to find out catalog info (algorithmic personal ad?). You are asked if you want to record your own message. If you are calling from the library phone, you could scan a book and record a message BookMark style.
  • Random: something will be played for you and you're told what book it's tied to.

Every book will have a HotText number for the book ("for a good time call ____")

Luce and Kyle

  • Person walks into the library with the intention of getting a book, but doesn't have a specific book in mind but wants to find one on Jackson Pollock.
  • Goes to computer cluster, types in Jackson Pollock in the library search.
  • Titles of books come up, same library webpage but with another column along with media and year, that will be the MAPS column.
  • Person finds a book of interest in the list and clicks on the corresponding MAPS icon.
  • A structured form of student names, information uploaded by students, related books, articles, webpages, specific to the students who uploaded them, appears.
  • Next to each book that appears, there are numbers which are corresponding to the telephone in the library, but the user doesn't know that.
  • Person decides to look at the book "Jackson Pollock" which is located upstairs.
  • Person encounters seductive objects in the stacks on the books, unsure of function.
  • Person continues to go upstairs and skips the attractive objects in between the stairs.
  • Person goes to find the book, while searching for the book in the general area of the book, person decides to investigate one of the sexy objects and hopes to figure out what exactly is its purpose.
  • Person touches object, object reacts to person via vibration and playing the last recorded message on that particular object (voice, blinking of lights, squirting mist, screen) and with these actions, the object will communicate its function. This object must has a scanner on it, for it can then identify the books and the students.
  • The function of this object is to share information by being a liason between students and objects housed by the library.
  • Once person is holding object, it fits nicely in the hand so that this person is able to walk around with it while fiddling with it in their hand, pondering about how he/she can implement it in the library.
  • Person finds book that he/she was looking for, while the object is in his/her hand.
  • Person scans ID with object, object speaks name (on ID) and recognizes person.
  • Person then scans book that they were looking for, mapping process begins. To know the scan went through, object vibrates. If the object recognizes that there is any related info to the scanned book then it will light up along with the vibration.
  • Person continues to scan books of interest, but doesn't take out any, except for the original.
  • Person puts the object wherever he/she wants, on the last book viewed, on the first, somewhere in the middle, or completely out of the map.
  • If a person wants to start a new map then all they have to do is scan their ID again, which tells the object that a new map has begun.
  • Object knows when mapping is done by pressing a button, object asks if the user wants to record anything, yes or no is a response, then once the recording is done, object tells user to retrieve any information back at the computer cluster.
  • Person decides to see the mapping process on the computer, goes to library websearch, types in his/her name, looks at MAPS. There is a structured connection to other people's maps that are related to the initial searched map.
  • Now a person can access other people's thought processes in relation to certain books. This increases curiosity and allows the user to explore other books that seem intriguing.
  • A person can then put this information of a flash drive or burn a disc, or print it out, and they are given the option to add more to it if they would like to.
  • Person leaves

Side Note

  • Bookmarks can be called, and messages can be left on them.
  • If a bookmark is called, then it tells you what book the bookmark that you called is on, tells about the book, plays recordings previously made about it by other users. Unless, someone picks up the bookmark and answers it, then you talk.
  • If you choose to get it, you can press a button, and the bookmark will continue blinking (ringing) till you find it.

H&D&I discussed the possibility of calling BookMarks, but I didn't even think about the possibility to actually have a conversation w/ somebody in the stacks! I love the idea of being able to "answer" a blinking BookMark and talk to somebody at the cluster. Weird but wonderful. The only problem with the BookMark telling you what book it's on is that it may not know: it would only know the last book that was scanned/input into the device. -Rebecca

Side Note 2

  • Person is sitting in dorm room.
  • Phone rings, person picks up phone, says "hello."
  • Book breathes heavily, you hear pages turning.
  • Book says "hey, I haven't been taken out in a while, could you please come get me?"
  • Person says "no."
  • Book says "That makes me sad, maybe some other time."
  • Another time a book can call that you previously took out, but it wants you to come get it again, because it misses you.
  • Person says "Fine, but you're getting too clingy, this is the last fling that we have."
  • Book says "Come pick up at 7, I'll be waiting on the second floor, my address is GV1471.S39 2006"


Steve walks out of the library. He has a book under his arm. A book he may not have known about, in a subject he may not have ever heard of. Maybe he ‘did’… that’s not really important. He doesn’t quite know what just happened to him. When Steve walked into the library, things seemed clearer; he had a question he wanted to answer. Maybe he found the answer, but that is not important. What is important is that his original question seems somehow, trivial. Now all he has is more questions. Steve keeps walking, but we should take a step back, to the place he found his book. The book was in upper level stacks, its name: Media mythmakers : how journalists, activists, and advertisers mislead us by Benjamin Radford. Steve came to this book when he saw it referenced in a spider web of references he found on the catalogue site. The origin of this web was a DVD. That movie was Bamboozled which is a Spike Lee joint. Steve got to this web when he clicked on a ball with a fuse coming out of it; a bomb. This bomb was on a very unstructured part of the catalogue. It is a part of the site that anyone can add to. There are on going arguments, personal accounts and random thoughts about movie. Steve got to this page when he clicked on one of the entries of a list of entries by Ben. Ben had made a comment about the first time he saw Bamboozled. Ben also had entry about Kant’s Critique of Judgment. This is where Steve came to Ben’s page. A bookmark in Art and Its Significance: An Anthology of Aesthetic Theory instructed Steve to place the bookmark at computer he is sitting at. One side of the bookmark scrolled the text. Truthfully the screen could say anything. Steve knows this, because the object has instructions: “Shake to erase.” He decides to destroy the previous text: “But where only a free play of our presentational powers is to be sustained as in the case of pleasure gardens, room decoration, all sorts of useful utensils, and so on, any regularity that has an air of constraint is to be avoided as much as possible.” When he scrambles the text it morphs into the standard message which instructed Steve to take the object to the computer. On the other side of the object is the warm glow that attracted Steve to it in the first place.


I walk into the library. I don't know what I'm looking for, but I have a vague idea what I need, or maybe not. I wander. As I float around the stacks, I begin to notice objects hanging from books. They pulsate, a glow is emitted, its like a heart beat or the light on a sleeping mac. Its soft and inviting, as is the shape of the object, small, palm sized, in the shape of an eggs wide end. It has a similar texture and is made of plastic. It's semi translucent, but obstructs me from seeing exactly what is glowing inside of it, it just keeps letting out its soft pulse of light. I decide to lift it up from where it rests against the shelf, this isn't good enough. I pick up the book from off the shelf and go to the nearest chair to inspect this object. It holds the place of a page in a book, I leave the book open at that page and begin inspecting the object/marker. It has a flat side that has embedded in it a small lcd screen. The screen scrolls through text. The text was left by other readers of the book, it has recommendations, favorite passages etc. It also has brief instructions. It tells me I can access more information at any computer by searching the catalogue information map by entering its call no. Information map? Curious, I take my book and book mark object over to the nearest iMac. I do a search for my book. On every page I notice a icon, like the compass on a map, I click on it and it takes me to a network or map. On the map are blinking dots. The maps legend tells me that the blinking dots are other book marks in the library. By clicking on them I can see each book the book marks belong too. The book marks have all sorts of information, like the object itself, only this has more information, some dating back years. I can see that some of the entries are from students I know and others are anonymous. There are more recommendations, cryptic messages, passages and insights. I click on the legends help button to see how this works. By entering my student ID no. I too can leave messages for the object to display. The object displays in rotation the last 6 messages left in the mapping system. The system uploads the messages to the objects through a bluetooth enabled network. I can leave this book mark object with this book or reassign it to a new book by entering a call no. into the system. To reassign the book mark I simply need to let it rest at the docking station near the computer for a moment, this resets the object. After the object is reset I can pick it up and enter a new call number, type my message and press send. The message is added to the mapping network and to the book marks text rotation. However to add to the object that is already assigned to a book, I only need to pair it with the computer, it will recognize the book mark object and which book it is assigned too in the network map. The system network pairs with the object when it it close to a computer, within a certain range. New objects can be picked up at docking or charging stations near my computer. At the docking station the book marks are reset to just display instructions. I pair the object with the computer and enter in a new message and press the send button. The bulb of the book mark give one strong and sustained pulse of light to let me know it has received the new message. I long out of the network map. In a moment my book mark displays my message. I decide to return the book to the shelf with its book mark and pick up another book I saw on the network that interested me a bit more, Art and Its Significance: An Anthology of Aesthetic Theory, which Ben left a message recommending it as a book that all aspiring aestheticians should read as an introduction to aesthetic theory. I grab the book and head off to check it out. I didn't find what I was looking for in the library, what I was looking for found me.