Computational Alternatives Vignettes for Place- and Activity-Centered Digital Services in Public Libraries
Paper i proceeding, 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 Universitet

Aurélien Tabard

Université de Lyon

Alix Ducros

Aarhus Universitet

Peter Dalsgård

Université de Lyon

Clemens N. Klokmose

Aarhus Universitet

Eva Eriksson

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Interaktionsdesign (Chalmers)

Sofia Serholt

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Interaktionsdesign (Chalmers)

Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


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


Mänsklig interaktion med IKT


Systemvetenskap, informationssystem och informatik med samhällsvetenskaplig inriktning



Mer information

Senast uppdaterat