4 days ago
For over a decade I have been arguing that our efforts to advance the programs of the library should be focused less on the middle range of services and more on the extremes.  Initially, I argued that we ought to be investing in high tech services and high touch services instead of more customary or ordinary mid-level services.  The point of the argument is that patrons can get mid-level knowledge ser...
As we continue to evolve our work processes and the services we offer to the College community, we might want to consider the 5 day Design Sprint process developed by GV.  The process brings together key team members and clients to produce and test a prototype solution.  The GV sprint page provides a number of useful resources for planning a sprint and 
16 days ago
After years of deciphering text and checking buttons to deny robot status, there is finally a more elegant solution to defending against robot invasions of websites.  Google has announced invisible reCAPTCHA which separates robots from humans by analyzing browsing behavior.  Check out the video explanation: 
a month ago
A Bloomberg article on Devialet discusses the founding and future direction of the company that produces the EdLab sound system. The vision and purpose of the company intersects quite directly with our own. Their goal is to create audio experiences to move emotions and to make such experiences widely available to all of humanity, democratizing the unique tech...
a month ago
As we approach the development of the physical, digital, and human tool sets that will become the library, we have been exploring the blending of data, immersion, emotion, and craft as well as the combination of science and art. These elements have functioned as both inputs and outcomes of our processes. In this journey we have been drawn to boundary blurring projects. An interesting example of of such a project is described in a Rolling Stone
2 months ago
As we continue to develop all aspects of the library program and the physical and digital environments we are constructing to support it, design occupies a central place in our work. Each of our teams has a roll to play in the designs that organize and orient our efforts to support learning. With this in mind the new documentary series,
2 months ago
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has placed 375,000 images into the Creative Commons, making them widely available without copyright restric...
2 months ago
As we consider improvements to our various applications, we might want to consider some of the points made in the article on journey-driven design. With users relying on a more varied set of devices, including live experience, considering the entire user journey might sensitize us to ways to provide more satisfying interactions.
2 months ago
As members of the College community dedicated to research and the pursuit of knowledge, we have a special interest and obligation to maintain an environment where truth is the foundation for individual and collective action. In light of our current national context of alternative f...
2 months ago
With our work in the Learning Theater just beginning to use data to configure the space, we might consider the case of Daybreaker, an early morning cognitive dance party that combines exercise and dancing to start the day. It uses IBM Watson to apply personal data to structure experiences and interactions for those attending. Check out some of the key features: