National Library of Netherlands (KB) and TU Delft Launch Future Libraries Lab
The KB and TU Delft are launching the Future Libraries Lab today, where designers and computer scientists think about the library of the future. What new forms of service can libraries develop? And how can they continue to offer their physical and digital collections in innovative ways?
In the Future Libraries Lab , master’s students and researchers from the faculties of Industrial Design (IDE) and Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EWI) will come up with a concept for the library of the future. Alessandro Bozzon, professor at the IDE faculty, TU Delft: “Digitization makes new and personalized forms for transferring content possible. For example, think books, podcasts and virtual reality . In the Future Libraries Lab we investigate the needs of library visitors, so that we can design new, informative interactions and experiences for them. ”
Parels van Drenthe and Describing Images are the first two projects to be carried out in the lab. In Parels van Drenthe , research is being conducted into how new technologies such as augmented reality can ensure that Drents get a better picture of special historical stories and objects from their own province. The Describing Images project investigates how images in newspapers, magazines and books can be made accessible to people with visual impairments. Hereby the possibilities of image recognition and crowd computing are explored and applied.
See Also: Original Blog Post (in Dutch)
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