Design competition makes Vanderbilt libraries more meaningful for students

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Kevin Galloway, Vanderbilt’s director of making, leads a design-thinking boot camp Feb. 3. (Anne Rayner/Vanderbilt)Developing a formal plan to bring more librarians’ expertise into the undergraduate research experience was among the winning ideas in a student design competition to make the library’s resources more accessible and meaningful for users.
The Wild Bunch Library Design Challenge was open to all Vanderbilt students and organized by the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries, in conjunction with the Wild Bunch Fund, Design for America, the Wond’ry and DIVE (Design as an Immersive Vanderbilt Experience).
“We were astounded by all the thoughtful—and thought-provoking—ideas of participating students,” said University Librarian Valerie Hotchkiss. “They have helped us move forward in our mission to make library resources central to the research needs of students and scholars.”
Students across a variety of schools and disciplines came together Feb. 3 for a design-thinking boot camp and discussion led by Kevin Galloway, director of making, faculty director of DIVE and research assistant professor in the School of Engineering; and Karina Gupta, an engineering student active with Design for America.
Honora Eskridge, the new director of the Stevenson Science and Engineering Library, organized and hosted the event. She talked about the mission of the library and the challenges it faces. The students then formed seven teams, each of which had five days to refine its initial idea, consult with librarians and library users, and develop a pitch.
Sophia Druffner, Kevin Ifiore and Kurt Lezon—first place winners in the Library Design Challenge—with David Blum, A&S ’77 and Wild Bunch member. (Vanderbilt University)The presentations took place Feb. 8 in the Central Library’s Community Room. The judges awarded first place to Sophie Druffner, Kevin Ifiore and Kurt Lezon for their presentation, “Leaders in the Quest for New Knowledge (LiNK).” They propose integrating librarians into the Vanderbilt Visions …

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