While cleaning out my phones SD card I found these two photos.

Jeff Goldenson’s copy of A Pattern Language:

Pattern Language book with page markers

From just a few days ago, here’s Karen Coyle’s explanation of how FRBR “works.” (It made sense while she was explaining it.)

Diagram of FRBR - very confusing!

We just concluded class #2 of the Library Test Kitchen, our experimental seminar in the Graduate School of Design.  The course is a collaboration between Jeffrey Schnapp (Professor of Romance Languages & Literature, Director of metaLab) Ann Whiteside (Director, Frances Loeb Library), Ben Brady (GSD) and me (Jeff Goldenson).  It is the continuation of a seminar this past Fall entitled Bibliotheca, the Library Past/Present/Future.  There are many other folks involved in the Test Kitchen — people from the Innovation Lab, the greater Harvard Library and metaLab, who are taking part, and we’re just at the beginning.

As described on www.librarytestkitchen.org, this is a seminar about making.  A prototyping lab for libraries. Our goal is to create products, services & experiences, broadly defined, for the Harvard Library community. Generous funding to realize these projects is provided by Prof. Robert Darnton and the Harvard Library Lab. Projects will be deployed in «Test Kitchens» — partner libraries, such as the Loeb and Widener Libraries, that allocate portions of their public space to these experiments.

There’s a hypothesis at the heart of this seminar.  Perhaps the students know what the future of the library should be, better than we (library staff) do.  So lets put them in the drivers seat and find out.

Listen: 23:07
(Also in ogg)

“Your average citizen is not technologically savvy,” says Marilyn Johnson, the author of This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All

Even as technology takes over more and more of our lives many of us are living in a technology cemetery, filled with old gadgets we have no idea how to revive, computers we don’t know how to program, and ebooks we have no idea how to download to.

Johnson argues that this is a huge opportunity for libraries to revive their place as centers of the community, for librarians to exist not just as oracles of the reference book, but as guides to the technical world.

She spoke with David Weinberger about exactly how this might happen.
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I posted an idea the other day.  It’s called Library License.  It’s a way to make works digitally available through libraries, after a specified amount of time has elapsed since publication date. It is a currently a sketch of an idea, to be evolved openly.  It’s more a movement, perhaps in the form of a “drag n drop” clause that content creators may add to their licensing agreements with publishers. The idea is explained in full over here:


This is new and not fully formed,  so I’ve added a comment area to the bottom of the LL page where we can talk about things.

The Digital Public Library of America today announced that initial (and interim) development work on the DPLA platform will be done by the LibraryCloud team here at the Library Innovation Lab — Paul Deschner, Matthew Phillips, and David Weinberger — plus our Berkman friends, Daniel Collis-Puro and Sebastian Diaz. We’ll do this as openly as possible, relying upon the community to help at every phase, but this will be our core work during the first phase of the platform’s development, leading up to an April 26 DPLA Steering Committee meeting.

The DPLA platform will enable developers to write applications using the metadata (primarily about content hosted elsewhere) the DPLA will be aggregating.

We’re excited. Thrilled, actually.