Tuesday, August 20, 2013

CFP: Workshop on Digital Surfaces in Libraries (DSL) - October 2013 St Andrews UK

CFP: Workshop on Digital Surfaces in Libraries (DSL) - October 2013 St Andrews UK

We invite you to join DSL a venue for collaboration and discussion on the successes and pitfalls encountered in working in with interactive surfaces in library spaces by bringing together researchers, designers, practitioners, and librarians.  This full day workshop is held in conjunction with Interactive Tables and Surfaces (ITS) 2013 in St Andrews, UK on October 6, 2013.

Workshop Aims
Libraries have embraced the recent explosion of digital content and no longer are simply warehouses of physical books. Today's libraries are gathering places that are challenged with enabling collaboration, accessing and exposing physical and digital collections, and supporting the creation and integration of new forms of knowledge.
Interactive surfaces in libraries support moving away from text-dominated search interfaces; the nature of direct interaction encourages the integration of graphics, spatial interaction with information, and the possibility adding input to the system. Additionally, surface technology enables the interactive presentation of information to individuals or groups.
The goal of DSL is to cross-fertilize insights from different disciplines, to establish a more general understanding of interactive displays in library contexts, and to develop an agenda for future research directions in this area. Rather than focusing on paper presentations, this workshop aims to trigger active and dynamic group discussions as well as future collaboration.

Submission Instructions
We accept 2 page work in progress or position papers that provides an overview of your current research or research interests in the area of interactive surfaces in library spaces.
The papers should be prepared in the SIGCHI extended abstract format. You can download Word and LaTeX templates from the SIGCHI website: http://www.sigchi.org/publications/chipubform.
Papers must be submitted by e-mail to jdlbrosz@ucalgary.ca. A receipt will be sent upon successful submission.  They will be published on the workshop web site http://libraryworkshop.cs.st-andrews.ac.uk/ prior to the event.

Potential topics for discussion include but are not limited to the following questions:
* What is the potential of interactive surfaces in library spaces?
* What are potentially useful and attractive application areas, even beyond information exploration?
* How can we design large surface interfaces to help the exploration and analysis of library collections?
* How can interactive surface technology promote collaborative scenarios in library environments?
* What tools are available to support social experiences and collaboration?
* Stories of failure: What are the pitfalls of interactive surfaces in library spaces and what can we learn from them?
* What might be guidelines and best practices for deployment and uses of interactive surfaces?
* How can partnerships between researchers and libraries & archives be established to achieve successful collaborations for all parties?
* What is the future of interactive surfaces in library spaces and how can they be combined with other (novel) technologies and existing exploration practices?

Important Dates
Submission deadline: August 26, 2013
Notification of acceptance: August 30, 2013
ITS early registration deadline: September 6, 2013
Workshop date: October 6, 2013

Workshop Organizers
John Brosz – University of Calgary, Canada
Uta Hinrichs – University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
Renee Reaume – University of Calgary, Canada

For any questions regarding the workshop, contact