OCTOBER 9, 2011
Making library miscellaneousness awesome
MARCH 8, 2016
Sitterwerk Art Library in St. At the Harvard Library Innovation Lab , we wanted to do something that touches on some elements of this.
Library as starting point
OCTOBER 13, 2014
A new report on Ithaka S+R ‘s annual survey of libraries suggests that library directors are committed to libraries being the starting place for their users’ research, but that the users are not in agreement. This then calls into question the expenditures libraries make to achieve that goal.
The future of libraries?
JULY 29, 2015
I had lunch recently with Paul Signorelli , who’s active in helping libraries with digital literacy, and during the conversation he talked about his vision of the future of the library. What I heard was a vision of libraries moving beyond content to be about learning, and this had several facets I found thought-provoking.
Library as a platform: Chattanooga
OCTOBER 7, 2014
I finally got to see the Chattanooga Library. In fact, you can see the future of libraries emerging there. That’s not to say that you can simply list what it’s doing and do the same things and declare yourself the Library of the Future. Rather, Chattanooga Library has turned itself into a platform.
[2b2k][everythingismisc]“Big data for books”: Harvard puts metadata for 12M library items into the public domain
APRIL 24, 2012
Harvard University has today put into the public domain (CC0) full bibliographic information about virtually all the 12M works in its 73 libraries. The University also provided the data to the Digital Public Library of America’s prototype platform for programmatic access via an API. Disclosures: 1. NY Times coverage. API info
Harvard Library adopts LibraryCloud
JANUARY 7, 2015
According to a post by the Harvard Library , LibraryCloud is now officially a part of the Library toolset. Internal to Harvard Library, it’s a metadata hub that lets lots of different data inputs be normalized, enriched, and distributed. LibraryCloud is two things at once. But that’s the idea.). years ago. Who knows?
The Library in the Life of the User: An open platform use case
DECEMBER 17, 2015
OCLC has posted an excellent report based on a recent conference, looking at how libraries can participate in the life of users, rather than thinking about the user’s life within the library. The library’s services therefore should not be confined to the relatively limited range of things that users do in libraries.
In the future libraries may die, but they will be reborn
MARCH 12, 2012
The future of libraries is a rich and fascinating topic. It’s over 10 years now since I first gave a keynote on the topic, to an an audience of over 1,200 members of the Australian Libraries and Information Association conference. sparked by discussion of the need for big new library projects in the region.
Google Books contract with the British Library
AUGUST 24, 2011
Thanks to the persistence of Javier Ruiz of the British Open Rights Group , you can now read [ pdf ] the contract between the British Library and Google Books. Google has shrouded its book digitization contracts in non-disclosures wrapped in lead sheathing that is then buried in collapsed portions of the Wieliczka salt mines.
Physical libraries in a digital world
NOVEMBER 22, 2011
I’m at the final meeting of a Harvard course on the future of libraries, led by John Palfrey and Jeffrey Schnapp. They have three guests in to talk about physical library space. He begins by pointing out that until the beginning of the 20th century, a library was not a place but only a collection of books. Missing points.
Susan Hildreth on libraries in the digital age
AUGUST 26, 2011
At the Library Innovation Lab blog, there’s a podcast interview I did a couple of weeks ago with Susan Hildreth , director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services , a federal agency that supports libraries and museums. For someone with the embossed U.S.
[2b2k] Libraries are platforms?
APRIL 27, 2012
I’m at the DPLA Plenary meeting, heading toward the first public presentation — a status report — on the prototype DPLA platform we’ve been building at Berkman and the Library Innovation Lab. Libraries are attached to communities, whether local towns, universities, or other institutions. DPLA session beginning.
[2b2k] Interview with Kevin Kelly on What Libraries Want
NOVEMBER 1, 2011
Dan Jones just posted my Library Lab Podcast conversation with Kevin Kelly , of whom I’m a great admirer
The Collaboration Commons Idea
FEBRUARY 7, 2012
For example, many libraries (be it K-12 or public) have setups like the following: . People are people. Depeche Mode said that once). Thoughts?
The Adaptive Path Library
DECEMBER 6, 2010
Adaptive Path has a lending library for its employees and interns to use. The San Francisco Library has been around for about four years and we have 488 books in the collection, plus periodicals. I am the Librarian for the San Francisco Library; our other studios are working on creating libraries of their own.
The Community Library in Our Emerging Knowledge Economy
MARCH 24, 2011
In early March, I participated in a presentation and discussion on The Community Library in the 21st Century along with Maxine Bleiweis , the director of the Westport Public Library. Libraries have been an integral part of civilization from our earliest history , including ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome.
Linked Data for Libraries: And we’re off!
FEBRUARY 1, 2014
I’m just out of the first meeting of the three universities participating in a Mellon grant — Cornell, Harvard, and Stanford, with Cornell as the grant instigator and leader — to build, demonstrate, and model using library resources expressed as Linked Data as a tool for researchers, student, teachers, and librarians.
Questions from and for the Digital Public Library of America workshop
MARCH 2, 2011
I got to attend the Digital Public Library of America ‘s first workshop yesterday. Something like: To bring the benefits of public libraries to every American. For example, the session opened with a discussion of public versus research libraries (with the “versus thrown into immediate question). It's what I do. ].
E-book licensingby libraries: an overview
JULY 30, 2012
The Berkman Center’s David O’Brien , Urs Gasser , and John Palfrey have just posted a 29-page “ briefing paper ” on the various models and licenses by which libraries are providing access to e-books. … Libraries maintain an average of 4,350 e-book copies in a collection.”
British Library and Google deal: Some of the fine print
JUNE 23, 2011
The British Library has announced a deal that has Google digitizng 250,000 works, and that will allow users to access the out-of-copyright work on both the Library’s and Google Books sites. David: Will the British Library have its own copy of each resource, or will it need to rely on Google’s copies for access?
[aif] Re-imagining public libraries
JUNE 29, 2014
I’m at an early Sunday morning (7:45am) session on re-imagining libraries with John Palfrey of the DPLA , Brian Bannon (Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library), and Tessie Guillermo ( Zero Divide ). SM: Libraries are being more used even though people can download books. but we do it through the lens of the library.
Whither the library?
MARCH 10, 2009
I go to libraries, and check out books. I admit it, when there’s a lot I want to read, I’d rather read it on paper (at 1200 dpi) versus on the screen. And some recent debates have got me thinking about libraries in general, public and university. Libraries democratized access, by aggregating purchasing power.
CBC interview with me about library stuff
DECEMBER 9, 2011
We talk about the Harvard Library Lab’s two big projects, ShelfLife and LibraryCloud. (At the end, we talk a little about Too Big To Know.) The CBC has posted the full, unedited interview with me (15 mins) that Nora Young did last week. The edited interview will be on the Spark program
Americans love themselves some libraries
DECEMBER 11, 2013
Here’s the summary from a new Pew Internet & American Life survey of 6,224 Americans 16 years and older: Some 90% of Americans ages 16 and older said that the closing of their local public library would have an impact on their community, with 63% saying it would have a “major” impact.
From the collection of…to your local library
AUGUST 27, 2015
So, why not lend it to your local library? The post From the collection of…to your local library appeared first on Joho the Blog
[2b2k] In defense of the library Long Tail
APRIL 20, 2014
Two percent of Harvard’s library collection circulates every year. Harvard’s 73 libraries have 16 million items [ source ]. If we guess that half of the library items are available for check-out, which seems conservative, that would mean that 160,000 different items are checked out every year.
Libraries of the future
SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
We’ve just posted the latest Library Innovation Lab podcast , this one with Karen Coyle who is a leading expert in Linked Open Data. And, if you care about libraries and are in the Cambridge (MA) area on Oct. 4, there’s a kick off. Sounds great, although I unfortunately will be out of town
Bryn Geffert: Libraries as publishers
OCTOBER 20, 2013
With increasing prices for serials, libraries have less money for books. In 1986, academic libraries spent 46% of budgets on books. And the effect on book publishers is even worse: when they can’t sell books to libraries, they shut down publishing in entire disciplinary fields. Libraries have to boycott offenders.
Building a Solid Library of Use Cases
OCTOBER 20, 2016
You see? Technology, all along, has always been an enabler, and just that, an enabler, nothing else, no matter what other people would tell you.
Aaron Swartz and the future of libraries
NOVEMBER 9, 2013
I was unable to go to our local Aaron Swartz Hackathon , one of twenty around the world, because I’d committed (very happily) to give the after dinner talk at the University of Rhode Island Graduate Library and Information Studies 50th anniversary gala last night. It will take the world to invent the future of libraries.
A dumb idea for opening up library usage data
OCTOBER 8, 2014
The idea is that libraries that want to make data about how relevant items are to their communities could algorithmically assign a number between 1-100 to those items. A dumb idea, but its dumbness is its virtue. explain this idea in a post at The Chronicle of Higher Ed …
Biblioteca Malatestiana – The world’s oldest public library
MARCH 22, 2014
The 400-year-old Biblioteca lays claim to being the world’s oldest public library. The reading room looks like a chapel.
Adaptive Path’s SF Studio Library: A Social and Thinking Space
MAY 23, 2012
Adaptive Path's San Francisco studio library was originally set up by Chiara Ogan, and when she left last year, she entrusted it to me. In a nutshell, the SF library is a lending library with a traditional yet super simple self-checkout process that lets people borrow books pretty much indefinitely. The AP Library in 2012.
Starting on the platform for the Digital Public Library of America
JANUARY 4, 2012
years or so, I’ve been co-director, along with Kim Dulin, of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. Among the projects we’ve been working on is LibraryCloud, a multi library metadata server. For the past 1.5 You can see it at work, running underneath ShelfLife, another of our projects, here.) We’re excited. Thrilled, actuall
Olin Library: Library as place, as lab, as local theater
JANUARY 12, 2017
I went to see my friend Jeff Goldenson — we worked together at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab — at Olin College , where he’s director of the library. The library’s got two floors, neither of them particularly large, and 15,000 volumes. It’s set design, with the library as the theater. And vinyl.
APRIL 1, 2010
I like libraries. The time at the public library in my community was perhaps the most important part of my youth. But I would have access to one in the community library. In addition, many libraries today include music, movies, video games, and other digital resources. like the feel, the smell. So I spent my time reading.
Libary Lab funds library innovation projects
FEBRUARY 11, 2011
Harvard’s new Library Lab has announced the first projects it will be funding. LibraryCloud Server : Build and maintain a web server that makes available to all Harvard library innovators data and metadata gathered from the Harvard libraries. The Library Lab is part of Harvard’s Office for Scholarly Communication.
12% have borrowed an ebook from their library, but most don’t know they can
JUNE 22, 2012
A new report from Pew Internet says that most Americans don’t know that they can borrow e-books from their local public libraries, while 12% of e-book readers (16 years and older) have borrowed an e-book from their local public library. More than 75% of local public libraries in the US do lend out e-books.).
Social media in 1940
FEBRUARY 13, 2012
Image via US Library of Congress. Tweet. SocialLearning Technology