Hyperrhiz 18: Kits
My Poet, My Poem & I: The NCSU Libraries bookBot Poet
North Carolina State University
Getting new readers to engage with poetry can be difficult. To expose a wider audience to poetry, the NCSU Libraries created a tool (the “bookBot Poet”) that turns usage data from its automated book retrieval system into “poems” that are displayed inside the library. The goal was to have patrons think about what defines a poem and get them interested in reading poetry. Later, those “poems” were made publicly available through a small poem printer.
The essay describes the projects' history, their technical implementation, as well as project outcomes and future plans. The kit repository provides lasercutting files for the bookBot Poet Dispenser, along with dependent software.