Opening Keynote: Hack Libraries: Platforms? Playgrounds? Prototypes?

A session at Computers in Libraries 2014

Monday 7th April, 2014

8:45am to 9:45am (EST)

Weinberger studies the effect of the internet on ideas and their organization, and has written a series of popular books on the topic. He applies those ideas to libraries directly as the co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, the motto of which is “Hack libraries.” From that Lab has come projects such as Stackview, an innovative visual library browser at use at Harvard and at the Digital Public Library of America, and LibraryCloud, which is an open metadata server being constructed under Weinberger’s leadership as head of the Harvard Library's Interoperability Initiative. The aim of LibraryCloud is, he says, “to make it easier to hack the library via open APIs.” Weinberger argues for transforming libraries into platforms that enable anyone on the planet to use everything that libraries know. “Libraries are probably not going to be the ones that invent their own future,” says Weinberger. “The ideas are likely to come from some kid in a garage. Platforms are how we can get everyone on the planet to help create the future of libraries.” Be inspired by Weinberger’s ideas and big picture perspective. Get new insights to apply to your network and library community. Gather strategies to apply for a successful and engaged future from our thought leader, industry guru, popular author and library strategist.

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David Weinberger

I mainly write about the effect of tech on our ideas bio from Twitter

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Time 8:45am9:45am EST

Date Mon 7th April 2014

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  • Small Pieces Loosely Joined
  • Too Big to Know
  • The Cluetrain Manifesto

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