Computational Alternatives Vignettes for Place- and Activity-Centered Digital Services in Public Libraries
Paper in proceedings, 2020

We investigate how to design community technologies for public events. We do so with a focus on technologies that give rise to new forms of participation and knowledge co-production in public libraries. Specifically, we deployed a digital service at a major public library during its four-week creative workshop series. The system offered an alternative way for people to work together as a community, to go beyond achieving individual goals, and to contribute to the achievement of public goals (e.g., building community bookshelves). We report on how the system has reconfigured physical spaces and afforded new social practices in the library. We propose Computational Alternatives as a fruitful approach for gaining situated, nuanced insights into a technology's possible adoption. We offer key insights in the form of computational alternatives vignettes - grounded stories that encapsulate sociotechnical implications of technology, pointing to plausible alternative futures.

knowledge sharing

computational alternatives

third places


library events

public libraries


Daisy Yoo

Aarhus University

Aurélien Tabard

Université de Lyon

Alix Ducros

Aarhus University

Peter Dalsgård

Université de Lyon

Clemens N. Klokmose

Aarhus University

Eva Eriksson

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Interaction Design (Chalmers)

Sofia Serholt

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Interaction Design (Chalmers)

Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


2020 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2020
Honolulu, USA,

Subject Categories

Human Aspects of ICT

Information Science

Information Systemes, Social aspects



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