Digital Library Seminar Series: 2012-10-12

This event is co-sponsored by the Libraries Digital Program Division and the Digital Humanities Center.


NYPL Labs: Hacking the Library


Ben Vershbow


Manager of NYPL Labs, The New York Public Library


Based at the The New York Public Library's landmark central branch on 42nd Street, NYPL Labs has been widely heralded in recent years for its innovative approach to delivering special collections and archival material online. The unit operates as a sort of in-house tech startup at the research libraries, working closely with curators on digital projects that transform collections into new types of data, and engage new audiences through user participation and crowdsourcing.  In this talk, Labs' manager Ben Vershbow will give a tour of recent projects, detail the team's methods and approach, and ponder the evolving role of memory organizations in the digital age.  

Comments on  NYPL Labs:
"...some of the most innovative digital library work anywhere." - Dan Cohen, Director, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History & New Media

"...showing just how much of a force for awesome experimentation a library can be today." - Dan Sinker, Knight-Mozilla OpenNews project, founder of Punk Planet

"It's all part of drawing the public into the library's work." - Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education






10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


523 Butler Library, Morningside Heights Campus, Columbia University