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Mar 11 2019 - 11:32am
Library of Things (LoT) Reconceptualized

Here is an interesting thesis by Alexandra Christine Nelson on a different kind of Library of Things (L.o.T) that is not like the one about checking out cool things. Nelson proposes the L.o.T model, a play on I.o.T., that "aims to reconceptualize the public library’s role in cities by using data-driven design, analysis, and optimization  to help libraries justify their disbursement of resources.”


Essential to this model are new mobile, library access points (LAPs) such as small scale public computing and learning spaces that act as extensions of brick and mortar libraries but can be expanded or redistributed based on usage analysis. Nelson suggests three scales of LAPs for flexibility: Enclosed Pod, PC Redbox, and Urban Furniture (see samples below from the thesis, Nelson, 2018).



These LAPs not only provide flexible services for patrons, but also collect data for analysis, redesign and redistribution.



As we continue to think about innovative and user-centered interfaces in our work at the library, this new framework can give us inspirations.



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