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We’re a dynamic group of thinkers and doers working to make libraries better by exploring the countless, dimly lit pathways that connect libraries to the larger world.
We focus our energy on a handful of large multi-year projects and a number of small projects we call sketches. Our large projects are ambitious undertakings that reflect our long-term mission and efforts. Sketches are experiments and provocations that are often driven by one or two folks in the Lab.
We’re stationed in the Harvard Law School Library and benefit greatly from the deep legal thinking and scholarship that surrounds us. We often approach library challenges using our law school library lens, but we work hard to make sure our local efforts have broad application. Libraries are universal.
Our group’s culture is freewheelin’ and open. We welcome new ideas and new collaborations. Let’s work together to make libraries better.
The people at the Library Lab.
Samantha works as a research associate for Professor Zittrain and helps out with Lab projects. She previously worked in the legal department at Google and enjoys running, baking bread, and reading British literature.
Paul swims, skis, speaks multiple languages, and likes Finnish literature. He's worked at Harvard since 1990.
Kim is the director of the Lab. She's a librarian, lawyer, and former Iowan. She loves chocolate labs, summertime, and working with the Library Innovation Lab team.
Kerri is a history nerd who loves color-coding, ice cream and the Backstreet Boys. In her spare time she is either giving her niece horsie rides or teaching exercise classes at nursing homes.
Alex loves to solve problems. He once wasted 7 months trying to solve a problem only to realize he had just found another way of generating combinations, at least it earned him a Masters thesis.
After learning to program as a kid on a Tandy TRS-80, Andy built a career in technology. He naturally followed up his role as a professional developer with a tour through culinary school. Chef Andy got some sense knocked into him in the kitchen and now he's back in the tech world.
Ben came to software development from his career as a public library reference librarian by way of Perl. He likes making things, including food and analog synths.
JZ is a proud dog owner. Oh, and he directs the Law School Library, co-created the Berkman Center, is an EFF board member, and is faculty in the Law School, School of Engineering and Applies Sciences, and the Kennedy School.
Friends and fellow travelers.