Harvard Library Labs Announce Inaugural Projects
From a Harvard University Library Press Announcement:
The Harvard community has responded with insight and imagination to a call from the University’s Library Lab to collaborate with the Harvard Library and “to serve as co-creators of the information society of the future.” With generous support from the Arcadia Fund, Harvard’s Library Lab is designed to leverage the entrepreneurial aspirations of individuals across the University.
A slide-show generator, a multimedia library without walls, a digital atlas viewer, and an online platform for library-related communities of knowledge were among the 10 collaborations proposed by members of the Harvard community and funded by the Library Lab.
The Library Lab is based on a laboratory model initiated at Harvard Law School Library. John Palfrey, the Law School’s vice dean for library and information resources and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, developed the Law School lab in response to a need for “innovation at the highest level.”
“In the traditional library structure,” Palfrey says, “there’s not been an obvious center for innovation.”
In August, the Library Lab issued a call to students, faculty, and staff to submit proposals, and subsequently held public information sessions as well as office hours for potential applicants. By the December 1 deadline, a total of 30 proposals had been submitted.
Read the Complete Announcement
See Also: Directory of Experimental Library Tools
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Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.