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Vanderbilt Library Design Challenge: Design a Better Library

Design a Better Library

Vanderbilt Library Design Challenge
Design 
a better
library!

The Vanderbilt Library Design Challenge, held February 3, 2018, was 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.

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 upload your slides to Box by Wednesday, February 7th at 5 pm CST. [upload team pitch slides]
3. Have at least one team member attend the Pitch & Awards event and give a 5-minute pitch presentation for the judges. 

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.

*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.

 

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 upload your slides by Wednesday, February 7th at 5 pm CST. [upload team pitch slides]
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 8th, from 4:10 pm – 6:10 pm in the Central Library Community Room.

 

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