Library Machines & SXSW: Gettin’ out the Vote!

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  This March, Sidsel Bech-Petersen a Library Transformer at Aarhus Public Libraries and I have proposed a session at South By Southwest Interactive.  It’s called Library Machines, and essentially, it’s a discussion/workshop to explore new ideas and directions for libraries.  It will be the spiritual sibling of last year’s Libraries: the Ultimate Playground. During the Library Machines… Read more »

Little Fox Shop

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Susanne Dorson came in the LABRARY with her family. Son pictured here: We got to talking and she told me about the amazing shop she co-founded just down the road in Arlington called The Little Fox Children’s Resale Shop, aka The Little Fox Shop.  So Annie and I finally took a field trip.     They’ve really… Read more »

media wall

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(crossposted from librarytestkitchen.org) I love the whole relevance by adjacency logic that libraries rely on. Similar things are next to each other. But libraries only do this with books. Can’t we do it with more media types?   Media Wall: A gestalt, walk-by browsing experience. No headphones required. I’ve been curious about this idea of… Read more »

Overdue Redesign

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I received an overdue notice a little while back.  I’ve received them many times.  But I looked at it and I realized it was pretty complicated.   Did I really need to know the Barcode number? The date and time I originally took it out. Why was the title so buried? etc… So here’s just… Read more »

Hiring! A developer to chart the future of libraries

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The Harvard Library Innovation Lab is looking for a highly creative and motivated developer to dream up and develop innovative projects that chart the future of libraries.     We are a tightly knit team of six and are passionate about solving problems, having fun, and improving lives through libraries.  Join us!   This is… Read more »

Library Test Kitchen, Fall 2012

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We had our first meeting of GSD Seminar 09125, Library Test Kitchen. Video by Ben Brady We made ourselves a new Library Test Kitchen website too (based on LiL’s site structure). Visit   The staff: Jeffrey Schnapp from metaLab Ann Whiteside, Director of the Loeb Architecture Library Ben Brady, GSD graduate and LTK Spring 2012… Read more »

Splashed some water on our face.

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On off moments over this summer, Annie and I have put together our new site.  You know, splashed some water on our face. That’s what you’re looking at.  LiL, freshened up. The goals: Freshen up our look Mobile-friendly Make it really easy to add stuff, but no big-time CMS nonsense Fun Shareable 1) We’d built… Read more »

The Setup — Jeff Goldenson

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office from Harvard Library Innovation Lab on Vimeo. Who are you, and what do you do? Hi, my name’s Jeff. I do design and new ideas here at the Lab. The Lab ROCKS! It’s a great job. Sometimes I help make websites (like this one), sometimes I do classes and right now, even working on… Read more »

“Extra – Extra”

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Read all about it! Library Test Kitchen made the news!  Well, more accurately, we made the newsPAPER. Yes Ma’am that’s right, you counted correctly.  We have 16 full beautiful pages, 8 double-wides, of broadside in grayscale with a spot color of cyan.  These pages describe in words and pictures the awesome projects of the students…. Read more »