University of Oulu

Hannu Kukka, Tommi Heikkinen, Henri Kytökangas, Taru Tanska, and Timo Ojala. 2018. UbiLibrary: Situated Large Public Display as Interactive Interface to Library Services. In Proceedings of the 22nd International Academic Mindtrek Conference (Mindtrek ’18). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 192–201. DOI:

Ubilibrary : situated large public display as interactive interface to library services

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Author: Kukka, Hannu1; Heikkinen, Tommi1; Kytökangas, Henri1;
Organizations: 1Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2018
Publish Date: 2020-05-08


We present the UbiLibrary service developed for a large public display deployed at the lobby of a municipal library. The design of the system was driven by library surveys, interviews of library users and library staff, and analyzing the use of library’s current digital services. The system provides library customers with rich information on library’s services and events through a metadata engine that semantically complements the library’s database with supplementary metadata crawled from online sources and further personalizes information according to the age and gender of the user estimated through face recognition. The service was assessed with a task-based evaluation by library customers, expert evaluation by professional librarians and in the wild field study. The service was found easy to use and regarded as a valuable addition to the library’s digital services. Consequently, it was also deployed on two smaller displays at book collections.

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ISBN Print: 978-1-4503-6589-5
Pages: 192 - 201
DOI: 10.1145/3275116.3275143
Host publication: Proceeding Mindtrek '18 Proceedings of the 22nd International Academic Mindtrek Conference
Conference: International Academic Mindtrek Conference
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
212 Civil and construction engineering
Funding: This work was supported by the UBI HIB project (268397) funded by the Academy of Finland, and the Open Innovation Platform of Six City Strategy project (A70202) funded by the ERDF and the City of Oulu. The authors wish to thank the staff of the Oulu City Library for their invaluable support.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 268397
Detailed Information: 268397 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2018 Copyright held by the owner/author(s). Publication rights licensed to ACM. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in Proceeding Mindtrek '18 Proceedings of the 22nd International Academic Mindtrek Conference,