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Vanderbilt Library Design Challenge: Design a Better Library

Design a Better Library

Vanderbilt Library Design Challenge
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The Vanderbilt Library Design Challenge is open to all Vanderbilt students interested in learning about design thinking and the principles of human-centered design* and applying those principles to make the library’s collections, facilities, or services more accessible and meaningful for users.

Win Prizes!*
First Place Team - $1000
Second Place Team - $600
Third Place Team - $400

T-shirt and lunch for all participants


Design Challenge Bootcamp - February 3 (Saturday)
11 am-4 pm; Stevenson Science and Engineering Library 

Registration and Lunch followed by a design thinking boot camp and a discussion of the current challenges facing the Vanderbilt Libraries. Teams will form around different ideas as they take shape. Pizza, t-shirts, collaboration and challenge! Each team will have 5 days to refine the idea, consult with librarians and library users, and develop their pitch for presentation on Thursday, February 8, 2017.

Pitch & Awards - February 8 (Thursday)
4:10-6:10 pm; Central Library Community Room

Competing teams will provide a 5 minute pitch of their idea to a group of judges. First, second and third place cash prizes will be split between the winning team members. Moreover, the Libraries commit to implementing the winning idea if feasible. The awards are funded by The Wild Bunch, a dedicated group of alumni who have supported the library in honor of the late Chancellor Emeritus Alexander Heard and his wife, Jean Heard. The winners of the Wild Bunch Library Design Challenge will be inducted as full members into the Wild Bunch.

Register now! 
Participation is open to all Vanderbilt students. Register online now. Seating is limited. Please register by Wednesday, January 31. Questions? Contact Honora Eskridge at 615-343-2322 or

*Human-centered design (HCD) is a creative design and management framework that develops solutions to problems by involving the human perspective in all steps of the problem-solving process. In this way, the library will be hearing from Vanderbilt students—a crucial constituencyas it works on implementing a new Integrated Library System (ILS).

Partnering in the Challenge with the Libraries and the Wild Bunch are Design for America, The Wond'ry, and DIVE (Design as an Immersive Vanderbilt Experience). 

*In accordance with federal regulations, prizes will be considered additional financial aid, and funds will be awarded through the student financial aid office.

Register now! 
Registration required. Seating is limited. Please register by Wednesday, January 31.


Design Challenge - Feb 3 (Sat)
Stevenson Science and Engineering Library 
11 am - 12 pm : Sign In & Lunch
12 - 4 pm : Design Camp

Design Proposals - Feb 7 (Wed)
5 pm : Proposals Due
Pitch & Awards - Feb 8 (Thurs)
Central Library Community Room 
4:10 - 5:10 pm : Team Pitch
5:10 - 5:30 pm :  Refreshments; Judges Convene
5:30 - 6:10 pm : Awards Ceremony


The Wild BunchJean & Alexander Heard LibrariesDIVE- Design As An Immersive Vanderbilt ExperienceDesign for America