Penn Libraries Presents: Speculative Design and Post-Pandemic Libraries
Join the Penn Libraries as we present the work and research of our Library Staff. Today's event:
Learn how speculative design and related disciplines like discursive design and science fiction can help us explore current approaches to library spaces, services, and technologies, uncovering assumptions about what a library is and what a librarian does. Engaging in arts-based research and research-through-design practices, we can develop objects and stories that act as prompts for discussion and debate about hypothetical, but perhaps possible, library futures.
Hear from a panel of library workers involved in these practices. Panelists contributed to the ALAO Technical, Electronic, and Digital Services SIG’s web-based project, Post-Pandemic Libraries. This project is the result of the SIG’s yearlong exploration of speculative design and libraries.
Shannon Robinson will present a brief overview of speculative design and arts-based research in librarianship. Then, we'll hear from panelists about their projects:
Calvin Cleary: Alexandr.ia
Myiesha Speight and Bria Sinnott: Tech to You Imagined Archive
John Jung: The Do Good Report
Heidi Beke-Harrigan and Katie DeJongh: Growing Through the Cracks
Mackenzie Salisbury: Biblioderive + Speculative Card Deck