May 27, 2022

Harvard Library Lab/The Podcast 003: The Digital Citation (David Weinberger Talks to Dan Cohen)

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It’s the Dave & Dan show!

David Weinberger from the Harvard Library Innovation Lab and Dan Cohen, the Co-Director of the Ray Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University discuss Zotero, the free bibliographic reference manager program that is being developed by the CHNM along with a number of other research tools. David and Dan also discuss open syllabi.

As we blogged just yesterday, we’ve used Zotero around here for a couple of years and find it essential not only to manage citations but also as a tool to archive web content and in essence build a full text database of the web pages we save. Of course, adding metadata, notes, etc. can be easiy done. Plus, Zotero allows groups of users to share and collaborate privately or on a public web site. Learn about what’s coming in the future on the Zotero roadmap.

More From CHNM

This web page lists a number of other projects and tools that CHNM also develops and makes available for free.
Our mention of Dan Cohen yesterday was included in post about the CHNM launching PressForward, a project with plans to rethink how scholarly communication works.

More Dan and More Zotero

We would like to once again congratulate Dr. Dan Cohen on being named the winner of the LITA/OCLC Fred Kilgour award. Dan will formally receive his award at ALA on June 26th.

In Zotero news, on Monday ALA Editions released, Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Educators, a new book/eBook by Jason Puckett.

From an ALA Blurb:

Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers, and Educators is the first book-length treatment of this powerful research tool developed by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University (VA). This book is written for Zotero end users, librarians and teachers. Part One introduces Zotero and presents it in the context of bibliography managers and open source software, Part Two explains in detail how to use the software in research and writing, and Part Three provides information for those who teach and support Zotero, with instructional best practices, examples, support tips and advanced techniques.

Final Thought

After just three programs, listeners to Harvard Library Lab/The Podcast have heard David Weinberger conduct interviews with Dan Cohen, Peter Suber, and James Bridle. Impressive and a program you might want to place on your “must listen” list. Come to think of it, Dr. Weinberger has also been posting some great video interviews in addition to the podcast. All of it is linked to from the Library Lab Blog.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.