LIBER Webinar: Open a GLAM Lab
Digital or innovation “labs” in library or museum settings have been around for about ten years. The lab is usually a place for experimenting with digital collections in novel ways to reach new audiences or to explore new technologies. These, sometimes temporary, teams within a library, archives, or museum/gallery (GLAM) can support a range of internal and external digital services and programs.

Not so long ago, participants of the “labbers” (lab-interested) community identified a need to articulate lab values, share relevant experience and case studies, and suggest some best practices for those starting up cultural heritage innovation labs. Through funding provided by the University College London, Qatar, Qatar University, the British Library and the Library of Congress, a coordinating group engaged Book Sprint, Ltd, a rapid book production and collaboration methodology, and published a call for participants to write a book about GLAM labs in five days.

In late September 2019, a group of 16 librarians, developers, archivists, curators and academics from around the world landed in Doha, Qatar, to embark on a Book Sprint. Together, in five long days, they wrote a book called “Open a GLAM Lab” to galvanize and shape the emerging labs community.

In this webinar on 20 January at 14:00 CET, Sophie-Carolin Wagner of Austrian National Library, Sarah Ames of the National Library of Scotland and Mahendra Mahey of British Library Lab will share more details about the Book Sprint methodology and the contents of the book itself, which was released publicly during Open Access Week, October 21-27, 2019. 

This webinar is organized by LIBER’s Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage Working Group and hosted by Caleb Derven, Head of Technical and Digital Services at the University of Limerick.

About the speakers

Sophie-Carolin Wagner is Co-Founder of Research Institute for Art and Technology (RIAT), Co-Editor of the Journal for Research Cultures and Project Manager of ÖNB Labs at the Austrian National Library.

Sarah Ames is Digital Scholarship Librarian at the National Library of Scotland, responsible for the Digital Scholarship Service and the Data Foundry.

Mahendra Mahey is Manager of British Library Labs (BL Labs), an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and British Library-funded initiative supporting and inspiring the use of its data in innovative ways with scholars, artists, entrepreneurs, educators and innovators through competitions, awards and other engagement activities.

Caleb Derven is a core team member of the LIBER Digital Humanities and Digital Cultural Heritage Working Group, as well as the team lead for the “Providing Expertise" strand of the WG. He is Head of Technical and Digital Services at the University of Limerick, where he has overall responsibility for strategy and operations related to collections, electronic resources and library systems. Additionally, Caleb is in charge of the Library’s digital services, including the digital library, the institutional repository and other services related to digital scholarship. 

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