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  • Purpose = Attract our community and enable them to share their experiences in and impressions of Doughe Library in a way that is fun, attention-grabbing, constructive, and interactive.Be inclusive and attract different community members to think about Doughe Library: faculty, staff, students, visitors (both adults and children), alumniSubmit your story/experience/impressions --> We'll recount them for public viewing and discussionExercise in public writing and public expression --> the university and the Berkley spiritPeople's stories and experiences are all different and to successfully gather them we need to collect them in their different forms (spoken word, text, visual, etc.)Therefore, we could incorporate a physical, digital, and multimedia component
  • What would be the final outcome of a library wall?
  • Cultural anthropology = studying the shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterize the Doe Library communityCultural psychology = "… study of the way cultural traditions and social practices regulate, express, and transform the human psyche, resulting less in psychic unity for humankind than in ethnic divergences in mind, self, and emotion" -- Richard ShwederQualitative analysis of community perceptions of Doe Library for themes and representative quotes
  • GOAL: Collect and share community members' physical and digital messages to us.
  • Equipment = Writing surfaces and instrumentsLayoutLocationPosition
  • UCLA video, NCSU wall
  • Transcript

    • 1. Doe Library WallA community celebration of our centennial
      April 2011
      Jeffery Loo
    • 2. Is a graffiti wall fitting for a library centennial?
      Are the tone and message appropriate?
      What if there are inappropriate messages?
    • 3. The Battle of Berlin, WWII
      On April 30, 1945, the Soviet Red Army conquered the Reichstag
    • 4. Graffiti left by Red Army soldiers on the walls of the Reichstag
      “… blunt (and occasionally obscene) reminders of numerous [personal] stories“
      Norman Foster
    • 5. After German re-unification in 1990, the reconstruction of the Reichstag was led by the British architect Norman Foster
      The Soviet graffiti were incorporated into the walls of the new building
    • 6. The Soviet graffiti were incorporated into the walls of the new building
    • 7. The motivations for the graffiti in the reconstructed Reichstag are both inspiring for and in sync with the values of libraries and librarianship
      “… how these scars, once revealed, could be preserved, allowing the building to become a 'living museum' of German history"
      This event is inspiring for a library graffiti wall
      “… more than half a century after the event - they still have the power to inspire such emotion"
      A celebration of free expression
      Revealing the history of a building
      [on the approval of incorporating the Reichstag graffiti into the reconstruction]
      “… what an extraordinarily open and democratic society Germany had become"
      Quoting Norman Foster
      from Foster, Baker, and Lipstadt’s The Reichstag Graffiti, 2003
    • 8. A library wall
      A virtual or physical place in the library to express yourself and to share your message publically
      Why call it a wall?
      Facebook wall and the Berlin Wall
    • 9. Our challenge
      If we decide on a library wall, how do we:
      attract contributors and viewers from our community?
      make it significant and do-able?
      enforce community standards?
    • 10. A solution
      This is a proposal for building a library wall
      Since a centennial comes but once every 100 years, perhaps THINK BIG initially, and then edit down our plans.
    • 11. Goals of a library wall
    • 12. Outcome 1A collection of messages
    • 13. Outcome 2
      Library wall website/blog
      Prototype at
      Outcome 3
      Physical library wall
      Multimedia display (e.g., revolving slideshow of messages)
    • 14. Outcome 4
      Print publication
      Library wall album
      Outcome 5
      Community development
      Media and public attention
      Public space
      “Library as a place for sharing”
    • 15. Outcome 6Research product
      The messages could be data for a research work ofcultural anthropology or psychology– an ethnographic study of cultural common denominators
    • 16. Building a library wall in four steps
      Collect and capture messages
      Digitize and organize them
      Share and exhibit
      Preserve the messages
    • 17. Step 1Collect and capture messages
      Equipment setup and layout
      Facilitate writing and other contributions
      Attract contributors and viewers
      Uphold community standards
    • 18. Collect handwritten wall messages
      Writing surfaces
      Wood panels
      Large sheets of paper
      Bulletin boards
      Glass surfaces
      Digital screens
    • 19. Collect handwritten wall messagesOption 1: Wood panels
      interesting material, but difficult to maintain
    • 20. Collect handwritten wall messagesOption 2: Large sheets of paper
      familiar, but not re-useable
    • 21. Collect handwritten wall messagesOption 3: Bulletin board
      traditional, but lacks “wow” factor
    • 22. Collect handwritten wall messagesOption 4: Chalkboard
      The First Amendment Monument Charlottesville, VA
      Stanley Hall
      nostalgic, but impermanent
    • 23. Collect handwritten wall messagesOption 5: Glass surface
      different, but potentially difficult and expensive
    • 24. Collect handwritten wall messagesOption 6: Digital screens
      Touch schematic
      interactive and cutting-edge, but potentially very expensive
    • 25. Collect handwritten wall messagesOption 7: Whiteboards
      Easy to maintain and re-useable for library instruction, but impermanent and conventional
    • 26. Collect handwritten wall messagesOption 7a: Whiteboard folding wall
      Flexiroomat Stanford’s
      Ewan McIntosh
    • 27. Collect handwritten wall messagesOption 7b: Whiteboard wallpaper
      Duke University CIT, 1 and 2
    • 28. Collect handwritten wall messagesOption 7c: Whiteboard panels
      Stanford EdTech
    • 29. Collect handwritten wall messagesOption 7d: Mobile whiteboards
    • 30. Physical location of library wall
      Doe Library’s north and southlobbies
      Rotate through different sites
      Reading rooms
      Memorial Glade
      other campus sites?
    • 31. Position of the physical wall
      Long corridor of panels
      Monumental and compelling
      but can look sparse and long panels may be difficult to re-use after the event
      Staggered panels
      Cozy pockets and a sense of exploration as you walk from panel to panel
      but lacks monumentality
      Floor panels
      Different and curious
      but potentially difficult to maintain
    • 32. Writing instruments
      poetry magnets
      different colors
    • 33. Facilitate writing on the wall
      Writing prompts
      In 100 years, I predict that Doe Library will …
      So this funny thing happened at Doe Library…
      Ask us a question about Doe Library! We’ll answer.
      I discovered this interesting thing at Doe …
      I love studying/reading/being in Doe because …
      Share a memory!
      Staff contributions to “seed” the wall
      Writing instruments of different colors for visual appeal
    • 34. Attract contributors and viewers
      Publicize via web, print, and news
      Encourage visitors to “sign” the wall (e.g., post-tour and post-Morrison Library event)
      Showcase the wall at celebrations and events (e.g., Cal Day)
    • 35. Uphold community standards
    • 36. Uphold community standards
      Define and postcommunity standards
      Disclaimer of the wall’s public nature
      “By submitting your message, you give Doe Library permission to reuse your contribution on our website and related project communications, exhibits, and publications.”
      Monitor for inappropriate messages and remove
      Editorial approval of messages before display
      Place the wall in a staffed area
    • 37. Collect cards and notes
      Fiat Lux insertthat readers mail back
      Encourage community to send postcards
      Comment cards
      Post-it notes for wall comments
    • 38. Collect physical illustrations
      Provide paper and pencils for visitors to sketch the library
      Kid-friendly drawing activities
      Draw Doe Library or color a coloring page and receive a prize! (Cal Day)
      Send us your photographs
    • 39. Collect online writing
      “Tell us your story” email your message or complete a web form
      Commenting functionality on the digital library wall
      Encourage social media discussion
      Facebook, Twitter #doewall
    • 40. Collect digital illustrations
      Email your photographs or digital drawings
    • 41. Collect multimedia
      Send us your video, audio, interactive, or animated messages
      Video booth
      Wake the Library video booth
    • 42. Step 2. Digitize and organize messages
    • 43. Staff (equipment)
      • 2–3 wall maintenance staff
      • 44. Photographer (camera)
      • 45. Digitization tech (scanner)
      • 46. Communications manager (email)
      Digitize and organize messages
      Cards and illustrations
      Physical wall messages
      Digital messages
      1. Digitize
      Take digital photograph
      Content management system
      • Content manager (CMS)
      Select messages to display Describe and assign metadata
      Post online
      2. Evaluate and organize
      3. Share
      • 3-5 editors
      • 47. Web designer
      • 48. Digital exhibits designer
      • 49. Graphic designer
      • 50. Writer/Publicist(publishing tools)
      Website /
      Print publication
      Digital exhibits
      4. Archive
      • Digital archivist (web archiving service)
      • 51. Print archivist
    • 52. Step 3. Share and exhibit messages
      A flatscreentvin the lobby
      with a revolving slideshow of centennial celebration messages
      Lead visitors to the physical library wall
      Library wall website/blog
      Printpublication of library wall messages
    • 53. Step 4. Archive
      web pages, blog,
      print publications
    • 54. Next step #1Do we still want a library wall?
    • 55. Next step #2What elements of a library wall do we want?
      What messages collected?
      What exhibits?
      Three plans that vary by staffing, equipment, and cost.
      Optimization criteria
      Ease of implementation
      Low cost
      Cultural match with UCB
      Minimal staffing
    • 56. Core planMessages collected
    • 57. Extended plan
      Messages collected
    • 58. Ultimate planMessages collected
    • 59. Staff (equipment)
      • 2–3 wall maintenance staff
      • 60. Photographer (camera)
      • 61. Digitization tech (scanner)
      • 62. Communications manager (email)
      Staff to digitize and organize messages
      Cards and illustrations
      Physical wall messages
      Digital messages
      1. Digitize
      Take digital photograph
      Content management system
      • Content manager (CMS)
      Select messages to display Describe and assign metadata
      Post online
      2. Evaluate and organize
      3. Share
      • 3-5 editors
      • 63. Web designer
      • 64. Digital exhibits designer
      • 65. Graphic designer
      • 66. Writer/Publicist(publishing tools)
      Website /
      Print publication
      Digital exhibits
      4. Archive
      • Digital archivist (web archiving service)
      • 67. Print archivist
    • 68. Next step #3Determine timing and frequency
      For how long do we collect messages?
      1 month? 1 year?
      How often do we erase messages and refresh the physical library wall?
      2 weeks? Monthly?
    • 69. Next step #4Cultivate teams to build the wall
      Message collection
      2–3 physical wall maintenance staff
      Digitization tech
      Communications manager
      Digital objects management
      Content management system manager
      Editorial review
      3-5 editors
      Design, exhibits, and publications
      Web designer
      Digital exhibits designer
      Graphic designer
      Digital archivist
      Print archivist
    • 70. haiku summary
      writing and sharing –
      the wall forges together
      a community