Pecha Kucha talk: “Science at a Touch” – Experiences with a Touch Table in the UiO Science Library
This pecha kucha talk at the VIRAK conference will provide a highly visual account on the learned lessons of utilizing a touch table in the physical library space.
Photo: Hugo Huurdeman
As a part of ongoing initiatives to increase user engagement with their library collections, the Science Library at the University of Oslo acquired a touch table at the end of 2016. This touch table contains a horizontal touch screen of large proportions, which provides novel opportunities for interacting with materials available in the library. So far, four specific projects have been conducted at the Science Library which utilized this touch table.
The first project resulted in an application for browsing the Science Fiction (SF) collection of the Science Library. This application was created and evaluated by three students in an Interaction Design course at the University of Oslo. The second project, conducted by a Master student Interaction Design, also focused on the SF collection, and aimed at providing novel, serendipitous, ways to navigate the collection. A third project looked at how the Science Library’s touch table could be integrated in a temporary exhibition for the movie “Hidden Figures”, which was screened at the Science Library in March 2017. Finally, a fourth project focused on the Abel prize for scientific work in mathematics, weaving together information about recent prize winners, video material and related scientific articles.
Together, these projects reveal numerous insights into the applicability of touch tables for engaging users with collections. We discuss the general value and opportunities of touch tables, but also their limitations. This Pecha Kucha talk provides a highly visual account on the learned lessons of utilizing a touch table in the physical library space.
|Details and conference registration: see the VIRAK conference website|