Work Stream 3: Design Studios
The design studio is an emergent and iterative process that combines the activities of brainstorming and critique with the formation of charrettes. This process nurtures the generation and then integration of divergent provisional ideas and directions of inquiry around diverse concerns, as opposed to prioritizing and optimizing for one part of the problem. The entire design process works by incorporating new information as it is introduced along the way, through:
- Analysis of what has been done in the past
- Asking what the relationship of past work is to the emerging vision and goals
- New questions that are raised by provisional what-if scenarios
- New stakeholders who are pulled into the process
Work streams 1 and 2 will inform the work of the design studio team.
Who Participates in the Design Studios?
A group of 30 people were invited to engage in a visioning discussion in September 2013. This group includes a broad range of people such as ARL library directors, mid-level staff from ARL libraries, individuals from higher education, and other stakeholders. From this initial large group, a smaller group of 12–15 people will meet on a bimonthly basis throughout the fall into January 2014.
The coordinating group selected the membership of the design studio team with advice from the ARL Board of Directors. The Board discussed criteria for identifying ARL and non-ARL representation during its July Board meeting and suggested consideration of individuals who:
- Lead innovative projects/activities in research libraries
- Bring a fresh perspective to thinking about research libraries
- See a big-picture view of higher education
- Are willing to engage in an iterative process that will be built along the way
- Represent various associations allied with ARL
Each regional design meeting held during the fall of 2013 will surface one or two more members to add to the design studio group, bringing fresh ideas and perspectives. The individuals added to the group during the fall could be ARL and non-ARL representatives as well as others from outside the library community.
Deliverable from Design Studios
The design studio group will present its findings and recommendations during the ARL Board Retreat in February 2014.