In the initial five-week sprint, a core team of Library staff engaged with designers from IDEO to take a human-centered, design-research approach to reflect back a shared purpose and vision for Dartmouth Library.

This sprint was powered by more than 70 participants, across staff, faculty, administration, and students and various levels of their education. Whether they engaged with us through ten interviews, four workshops, four tours, and many moments of feedback, we are grateful for their participation.

Questions like, who or what is the root cause of unfair or disadvantaged results? How do we mitigate the risks? Do we want to? Who holds the greatest responsibility: designers, programmers, business executives, politicians, or everyday people? Who benefits from the design of these technologies and the algorithms that feed them?