For the next few months there will be regular posts exploring the different Library Lab projects. I officially invite any input you have on how this new wave of digital projects can be grouped, categorized, or structured in a manner which makes them more intuitive and interesting.
The Office for Scholarly Communication at Harvard established the Library Lab to promote innovation in library science and the way people interact with information and media. People with good ideas for a project can apply for funding and get institutional support.
There are number of projects in the Library Lab, which are listed at Current Projects. These range from simple methods for encouraging user input in the library community (like the Awesome Box) to complicated digital platforms.
I’m currently in the process of creating a multimedia piece to allow people to navigate the different projects in a more intuitive and informative manner. I worked with Dan Jones at the Berkman Center on the series of short videos interviewing the project teams and explaining what each project does., but now I’m trying to index the information and different kinds of media detailing the Library Lab works or which the Library Lab has produced as work-products. People can look through the projects manually HERE, but I want to figure out how to categorize and interlink the videos to engage different kinds of people who are looking for different things.
The Lab invites applications from Harvard students and faculty once a semester, and encourages collaboration with MIT. Check out the Harvard Library Lab Program Description Guidelines.