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.
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.
*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 constituency—as 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.