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Vanderbilt Library Design Challenge: Design a Better Library

Design a Better Library


Design 
a better
library!

The Vanderbilt Library Design Challenge will be held February 16 and 28, 2019 and 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, and/or services and programming more accessible and meaningful for users.

Register for the Library Design Challenge
All interested participants must register in AnchorLink (link below). Registrations are due by Friday, February 15th.

Register for the 2019 Library Design Challenge via AnchorLink

Questions? Contact Melissa Mallon or Honora Eskridge.

Win Prizes!*
First Place Team - $700
Second Place Team - $600
Third Place Team - $500

Lunch and Certificate of Completion provided for all participants

 

Design Challenge Bootcamp - February 16 (Saturday)
11 am-4 pm; Peabody Library ground floor

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, collaboration, and challenge! Each team will have 11 days to refine the idea, consult with librarians and library users, and develop their pitch for presentation on Thursday, February 28, 2019.

How to enter your team’s idea to compete for one of the prizes:
1. Provide at a minimum, power point slides using the team pitch template. [download team pitch template]

2. Rename the template file with your team name and submit your slides by completing this form by Wednesday, February 27 at 5 pm CST. [submit team pitch slides -- label file "TEAM [number].ppt"]
3. Have at least one team member attend the Pitch & Awards event (February 28th) and give a 5-minute pitch presentation for the judges. 

Pitch & Awards - February 28 (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 Vanderbilt Libraries.

*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 to upgrade and improve its spaces, services, and programming.

Partnering in the Challenge with the Libraries 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.

 

Submit Your Team Pitch
How to enter your team’s idea to compete for one of the prizes:
1. Provide at a minimum, power point slides using the team pitch template. [download team pitch template]
2. Rename the template file with your team name and submit your slides by filling out this form by Wednesday, February 27th at 5 pm CST. [submit team pitch slides -- label file "TEAM [number].ppt"]
3. Have at least one team member attend the Pitch & Awards event and give a 5-minute pitch presentation for the judges.  

The Pitch and Awards Event will be held Thursday, February 28th, from 4:10 pm – 6:10 pm in the Central Library Community Room.

 

Design Challenge Bootcamp - February 16 (Sat)
Peabody Library (Ground Floor)
11 am - 12 pm : Sign In & Lunch
12 - 4 pm : Design Camp

Design Proposals - February 27 (Wed)
5 pm : Proposals Due
Pitch & Awards - February 28 (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

 

Jean & Alexander Heard LibrariesDIVE- Design As An Immersive Vanderbilt ExperienceDesign for America