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Library of the future

On Tuesday 1 December students of the CRéaTIC laboratory-workshop “Creativity and innovation techniques for design” offered by the Paris 8 Masters in ergonomics and supervised and coordinated by Stéphane Safin and Françoise Decortis, held an event at the Paris 8 library to present the results of their work. The commission was for the look of the library of the future. The projects were undertaken during an intensive week in early November at the Media-lab.

Creative learning center
Creative learning center
Arbre collaboratif
The Book of Tomorrow
the third place
Projet en construction pour « the third place »
“Troc-lab” presented by Krishan Jebodh, Melissa Xia and Tania Guenfood (outside the framework)

Five groups took turns to propose innovative spaces or systems within a university library. Interviews and surveys were carried out among users – students, university library staff and external visitors – alongside their creations.

The first project is a “Creative learning centre” which aims to increase the versatility of the venue. Organised as a Fab-lab, it will promote self-study, learning via a set of do-it-yourself tools or software capable of producing stop-motion films. The group of Elodie Boilet, Nicolas Voisin and Adrien Morel de Villepoix (Masters in ergonomics), offers a multidisciplinary venue that meets the public’s expectations of a student library of the future.

The second project called “The geode of knowledge” was presented by Perry and ergonautes group. The projected film showed the creation of a closed round space for collaborative work, with the use of tactile, circular walls. The idea is to install several of these areas within the universities to enable group work without disturbing other users.

The third group is more focused on the book as an object of study and less on the spaces, although the group members talk about the idea of a bubble into which the book would enter and be identified. “The Book of Tomorrow” proposes evolved ways of reading, with a collaborative tree. Each user would be able to incorporate content – comments, reading cards, pictures, videos, associated works – into a book. This would be seen both on site or remotely in a virtual way.

Project under construction for “the third place”. The fourth group is completely impregnated with the idea of space and offers a “third place” concept. The challenges of the library of the future are the new services, new spaces, accessibility, constant attendance, visibility and attractiveness. Nastassja Andrieu and Sébastien de Thorey offer an analogy with the home. The library would be a home and the ideal learning centre would be a living area like “the kitchen”.

To finish, the last group presented its “Troc-lab” which uses the “ball”.  The student presents his card and withdraws a ball containing all his personalised data before entering a closed space within the library.

The different projects have brought together diverse perspectives on the different expectations of the people surveyed. Staff of the Paris 8 Library who attended this presentation expressed their interest in this project and the proposals will certainly be a part of their considerations.