I just stumbled (thanks to RR) over Arena for Books. This is a design challenge with the task to …

“Develop future­oriented and viable ideas for the physical presentation of digital publishing products and services in bookstores and at trade fairs.” Source: http://arenaforbooks.jovoto.com/

… by the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers and Booksellers Association) and others. Between all the ideas are various interesting approaches of digital shelves such as the Bookshelf 2.0:

Bookshelf 2.0 - Arena for Books
Bookshelf 2.0 – Arena for Books


Update: Now I realized that the Bookshelf 2.0 is the winner of the challenge. Buchreport published an article about it.

I’m happy that my old (the first) version of the Blended Shelf is part of the recently published Blended Library Vision Video:


The video was first shown at a workshop of the University of Konstanz about the outcomes of the Blended Library Project.

At the workshop I learned that the Blended Shelf was also incorporated into the great project Quellentaucher. The Quellentaucher is part of the libros project (a project of the HCI group of the University of Konstanz where I studied and worked as research assistant). A recent video shows the impressive Quellentaucher at the Stadtbibliothek Köln and how it uses parts of the Blended Shelf to visualize literature:

I am happy to announce that I will talk about the Blended Shelf at the Bibliothekartag 2014 in Bremen. The talk will be embedded in the awards ceremony of the B.I.T.online – Innovationspreis. The session is planned for the 05. June 2014 from 10:30 to 12:30 at the Stand der Verbände.

The talk will be a follow-up to my talk last year in Leipzig. While in Leipzig I had to conclude my talk with assumptions about the usability and usefulness, I now will be able to present the results of my studies and give an insight in the current efforts to develop it further.

I am looking forward to interesting talks and an inspiring conference!

Bibliothekartag 2014 - Log
Bibliothekartag 2014

While writing my master thesis about an digital but reality-based interface to library collections (Blended Shelf), I did an extensive research of related work. In the following posts I give an quick overview over products, concepts and prototypes which somehow integrate shelves into their user interface.

The lists are not final and I sure have missed some approaches, so I’ll update the posts if I’ll stumble upon other interfaces. If you know about shelf-related interfaces which are not listed here, please let me know by contacting me or simply leave a comment.

I categorized the different approaches into three groups. The categories may be ambiguous and the single approaches may overlap, but until now I haven’t found a better way to cluster the various approaches:

  1. Commercial: This categorie assembles applications and interfaces which were or still are commercially available for end users or institutions other than libraries.
  2. Scientific: For items in this categoriy libraries are only a use case to explore some concepts. Mostly the prototypes where not actually used in libraries except for research studies.
  3. Library-specific: Here I collect all approaches which focus on serving libraries and their users. This products could be the result of commercial development, library in-house development or of scientific approaches.

Today I start the series with the commercial products. Posts about the library-specific and scientific approaches will follow soon.
Read more »