Sorensen Partners is working with academic librarians from MIT, Northeastern University and Georgia Institute of Technology, faculty and library scholars to create an analytic bibliographic tool and physical infrastructure to visualize knowledge origins and track the evolution of distinct research hypotheses with the working title ‘Knowledge Constellation.’
The results and methodology of the Knowledge Constellation fall 2016 workshop will be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Library Administration.
As architects and planners of academic libraries we are pursuing this research project with librarians and faculty to explore, from a graphic and interface design perspective, the issue of ‘discovery’ in library information systems design: How do users successfully find the content they are looking for? Historically the two predominant methods have been (1) library stack browsing and (2) review of bibliographies for books and articles.
Through this collaboration, we are exploring and shaping space beyond the physical library in order to both contribute to the academic library information discovery ecosystem and to enrich our ability to reach library users with physical architecture.
‘Knowledge Constellation’ aims to be a paradigm for library information discovery. We see ‘Knowledge Constellation’ as both a stand-alone tool and as a mental morphology for which we will design physical counterparts. Successful architecture for academic libraries will be spatially and visually synchronous with web interface ‘discovery.’
Marie S.A. Sorensen, AIA, Adjunct Professor of Architecture, Norwich University and Principal-in-Charge of Sorensen Partners | Architects + Planners