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"Report from Code4Lib"

Bobbi Fox from OIS and Annie Cain and Matt Phillips for the Harvard Library Innovation Lab will report on their experiences at the annual code{4}lib conference (http://code4lib.org/conference/2012) .

code4lib is a self-organized group: “..a volunteer-driven collective of hackers, designers, architects, curators, catalogers, artists and instigators from around the world, who largely work for and with libraries, archives and museums on technology ‘stuff.’”  Bobbi fondly refers to the group as “techno-nerds and the librarians who love them”. 

The code4lib conference features many presentations, break-out sessions, and opportunities to talk to informally exchange information and ideas with others from around the world.  This year, Annie Cain presented on Stackview, a presentation she’ll be reprising at this meeting.

Report from Code4Lib 2012 -- slides when available plus useful links

Meeting Topic:  "Harvard Library UX"

Tuesday, 21 February 2012, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Pierce 209

Harvard Library UX is a panel discussion about recent and ongoing usability studies done in Wolbach User Experience Lab, a Harvard Library Lab sponsored student driven project done in concert with students at Simmons College GSLIS.

Experimentation with gesture and touch-based technology in the Wolbach Library led to the development of software, called Library Explorer, which allows users to discover and interact with library collections in new ways, in combination with interactive displays like the Microsoft Surface.

Usability testing for the ADS (Astrophysics Data System) new interface was conducted four times at the Wolbach Library by two teams of Simmons College GSLIS students as one of their course projects last fall. Each test lasted one hour and was recorded via Morae, a usability software.

Participants were recruited from the CfA community by the Head Librarian and ADS Program Manager who supervised this testing. During the students’ presentation, they will share the methodology used and their experience from this usability research.


Christopher Erdmann is the Head Librarian of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) John G. Wolbach Library. His current projects include theastrodata.org, Harvard Library UX and collaborative work with the NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS). Previously, he worked as a librarian for the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Garching near Munich where his focus was on bibliometrics. He holds an MLIS degree from the University of Washington iSchool.

Mike Corbett is currently working at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Research Department and Harvard Law School. As both jobs are temporary, he will be seeking employment in June!  He obtained his M.L.I.S this past December from Simmons College.

Lindsey Danis is a writer and student in the Simmons College GSLIS. She currently works in the Simmons College Usability Lab and as a strategic planning assistant for the Massachusetts Library System.

Tomoko Kurahashi is a Library Technician at the John G. Wolbach Library, developing systems for library data/analytics. She obtained her Master of Engineering degree and worked in an engineering library in Japan before moving to the United States. Her ongoing Harvard Library Lab project "DASH for Collection Development" will provide a tool to analyze reference data in articles in DASH and Harvard holdings. She graduated with MSLIS from Simmons College last May.

Courtesy of OIS, this meeting will be streamed via WebEx, and archived for future viewing.

WebEx info:

Topic: ABCD Library
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Time: 3:30 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00) Meeting Number: 735 011 949 Meeting Password: 0000

To join the online meeting
1. Go to https://harvardlib.webex.com/harvardlib/j.php?ED=177439117&UID=0&PW=NZjA2YzMyZDdh&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D
2. Enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the meeting password: 0000
4. Click "Join".

We hope to see you there!

Meeting Topic:  "Libraries, Humanists, and Intellectual Life in the 21st Century"

Tuesday, 17 January 2012, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Pierce 209

What opportunities are there for libraries in a world of ubiquitous
information? At least three fundamental shifts are taking place as a
result of very large collections increasingly available to a global net
public: (1) an expansion in the intellectual reach of researchers; (2)
the radical lowering of barriers to contribution and the rise of
citizen scholars and student researchers; (3) the globalization of
learning, with new intellectual and social relationships extending
beyond traditional centers of learning in the US and Europe to include
China, India, the Middle East, South America and other communities
previously marginalized from academic discourse. The talk describes
tasks that can advance these changes and that can provide a dynamic
mission for the next generation of library professionals.

Gregory Crane (Harvard BA 79, Phd 85) is Professor and Chair of the
Department of Classics, as well as Adjunct Professor of Computer
Science and Winnick Family Chair of Technology and Entrepreneurship at
Tufts University. He is also Editor in Chief of the Perseus Project, an
effort that he began with an equipment grant from Xerox in his first
year an an assistant professor at Harvard in 1985.

Powerpoint Slides (Achtung! In German)

Webex Archiv (missing first ~30 minutes)