Novelty is a team of five enthusiastic students who want to leave a positive impact on the community through our creativity. We are collaborating closely with six sister libraries in Ashtabula County, Ohio. Our goal is to develop a digital solution aimed at making the resources and values of the libraries more accessible, transparent, and engaging to the communities they serve.

The six public libraries, Andover, Conneaut, Harbor-Topky Memorial, Henderson Memorial, Kingsville, and Rock Creek, are within driving distances from one another. They form an independent library network (ICAN) that share their collections, programs, and patrons. These libraries have always played an integral role in the lives of people in the neighborhoods, as centers for information, learning, leisure, and socializing.

Of course, an ever-changing world brings its challenges. The passionate librarians working there constantly strive to improve their services, answering to the rapid shifts in people’s relationship with technology and their ways of consuming information. It is our wish and pleasure, here at Novelty, to assist the libraries in achieving that goal. We will apply our knowledge in interactive media and user experience design to create an adaptable tool that will hopefully not only serve our clients, but also inspire solutions for many other libraries with similar needs.

Team Members: Mai Ao, Shelley Huang, Heng Luo, Jacob Rosenbloom, Ruoxi Wang

Project instructors:  Shirley Saldamarco, Scott Stevens

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