We’re interested in feedback and collaborators. Follow us on Twitter or shoot us an email if you’re interested in any of our projects or sketches. Each project and sketch page has its own contact form if you want to get in touch that way. And our code is all open source. Send a pull request on Github if you want to help or collaborate.
We are a small group within the Harvard University Library system that implements in software ideas about how libraries can be ever more valuable.
Our aim is to try out ideas by creating them in usable form. Much of the software we build will be simply proof-of-concept, as opposed to production-quality code. But, we also expect to build some projects all the way out.
We hope to become a center of fresh thinking about the role of libraries in the digital age. We’d love to have some institutional fellows or the like at some point. The “in public” phrase means to signal our commitment to public learning and open access.
We have an idea about what could happen if libraries agree to pool as much of their data and metadata as they can (while protecting privacy, of course). We call this project LibraryCloud. But we’re just beginning to work on this. We’ll post about it as developments develop.
The people at the Library Lab.
Paul is a developer and ShelfLife project lead. He swims, he speaks multiple languages, he likes Finnish literature. Paul has worked at Harvard libraries since 1990.
Kim is a librarian and the director of the Lab. She's a former Legal Services lawyer and likes cooking, golf and beaches. She's dreaming up new ways to share what libraries know.
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.