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5 months ago
With the growing interest in ways that new technologies can carry biases of one sort or another, we might want to consider the bias inherent in library cataloging. A recent piece in CityLab by Amanda Ros calls attention to the issue of bias in cataloging. Note that she advises patrons to consult with a librarian if they encounter difficulty finding items th...
5 months ago
Thank you all for an amazing year and a half at the 'Lab. You are all such treasures and it has been an incredible work experience to have shared with you. I may never know how the Millennials vs Gen Z conversation ends, or what makes the cut for the upcoming design event, or if the character Veronica will end up in a fulfilling life path. I shall always wonder. I am still in New York so please keep in touch. You can reach me at angelaperrone@gmail.com or follow my dog Francis at @francisthepoodle on insta (as far as I know he is not on snapchat or pinterest).
We're forecasting producing 88 events in the Smith Learning Theater this year, and some of those events will be multi-day (even week-long) events. That's a result of our current staffing, and our experience of producing 2 events on average per week.* Why not more? I'm glad you asked.Production RolesMalik is currently our only full-time staff member with a majority of his time on producing theater events. "Production" in this case is a mix of communication with our...
5 months ago
I would like to check out an iRobot Roomba, bubble machine, karaoke machine, and popcorn machine.(Illustrated by Brian Mead. Read mo...
5 months ago
Here is an interesting thesis by Alexandra Christine Nelson on a different kind of Library of Things (L.o.T) that is not like the one about checking out cool things. Nelson proposes the L.o.T model, a play on I.o.T., that "aims to reconceptualize the public library’s role in cities by ...
6 months ago
No more need to worry about getting kicked in the face-- you're much more likely to get a lance to the gut now. It's Showtime NYC!, the busking dance group that's riled up subway riders for years, has moved onto a more spacious and visible platform: the Metropolitan Museum of Art.Costumed in authentic replicas of the medieval knight armor on display at the museum, the performers engage in "hip hop battles" that showcase, through movement, how these pieces may have looked during a real battle.
6 months ago
Really cool experience design combining with M.C.Escher's artworks happening now, including workshops and school trips. https://www.eschernyc.com/https://www.instagram.com/eschernyc/
6 months ago
Below are the brainstorming ideas we all generated at this week's prototyping seminar.-Playdin-No Objects-Prototyping in VRTachly irresistible-i pad pro- paint + ……..-People groups containing complimentary skills and interests.-User Personna Interviews (find relevant people)- C N C cutting machine- AR ……..PROMPTL CARD DECK ( MAGIC + IDEO )TIMINGSM -> LG – PITCHLG -> SM – EXPAND
Spurred by both curiosity and interest, I recently investigated the rising phenomenon of online English tutoring. While online tutoring is by no means new, a huge number of services have popped up in recent years that specifically partner North American tutors with Asian students. While some services require or prefer language teaching certification, for many, being a native North American English speaker is enough. In fact, that is pretty much the only requirement.The services seem in many ways like a win-win: Asian students gain access to an English teacher with a Nort...
6 months ago
Virtual reality is a showy piece of digital technology promising a future of immersive experiences, both educational and entertaining. Yet, it's been around for nearly two decades and is still disappointingly expensive, awkward, isolating, and sometimes straight-up unimpressive. Why is this? I've reflected quite a bit on the ineffectiveness of VR while trying out and searching for new experiences for the HTC Vive, because while I have had maybe two or three spectacular VR experiences, especially when compared to the speed at which AR is improving, most VR programs I've tried have elicited t...