Link Round-Up May 1-5, 2017

Every Friday, UNBOUND posts links from the past week that relate to the future of libraries and current trends in LIS. These posts will also highlight different blogs from across the LIS world.

Blog of the Week: Hack Library School

Hack Library School is a project that started in the Fall of 2010 and quickly turned into a GoogleDoc, then to a wiki to the rotating group of contributors that it is today. From their website:

Hack Library School is an invitation to participate in the redefinitions of library school using the web as a collaborative space outside of any specific university or organization. Imagine standards and foundations of the profession that we will create, decided upon by us, outside of the institutional framework. Ideas like the democratization of the semantic web, crowdsourcing, and folksonomies allow projects like this to exist and we should be taking advantage of it.

Archives related:

  1. Interactive player Europeana Radio opens up access to Europe’s sound treasures via Internet Archive Blogs
  2. National Archives (U.S.) Will Utilize a New Model for Preservation and Accessibility of Presidential Records via infoDocket LibraryJournal
  3. How NPR’s Research, Archives & Data Strategy team is saving sounds of the past for the future via

Academic Library related

  1. University of Oregon Libraries Join HathiTrust via UO Libraries
  2. Universities redesign libraries for the 21st century: fewer books, more space via Los Angeles Times
  3. North Carolina State University Libraries Brings in Major Mellon Grant for Visualization via NCSU Libraries

Tech related:

  1. AI Everywhere via TechCrunch
  2. As Scientists Take to Twitter, Visual Abstracts Help Results Reach More People via University of Michigan Health Lab

Design Thinking and Doing Design, part 2

Revisiting design thinking and the Library Test Kitchen course at Simmons from the student perspective.

“Who has heard of design thinking?” asked my 438 (Introduction to Archival Methods and Services) professor. I eagerly raised my hand, along with two other students who half-raised their hands, half shrugged their shoulders. After watching a section of the documentary film, Design & Thinking, our class collectively brainstormed a series of challenges associated with the finding aid, such as lack of accessible formats or that they are too often veiled by archival jargon. Then, we divided into groups and were tasked to “redesign the finding aid” by choosing one of the problems and come up with possible solutions. My professor encouraged us to push past the idea of the finding aid as an archivists’ tool and imagine it as something completely different. Our class didn’t reach this point, which makes complete sense and adds further proof to the notion that design thinking is truly a holistic process and even more importantly, a mindset that one needs to adopt. It takes time to settle into a completely new concept, especially one that comes out of the design world, which many students and LIS professionals may feel very far removed from.  

LTK@Simmons 2016 Open House and Project Fair.

I only knew about design thinking because of my research of and work with the team behind the Library Test Kitchen at Simmons School of Library Information Science course, which was offered during the 2016 summer session and is coming back for Summer 2017. I feel privileged to have had knowledge of design thinking swirling around in my mind since September. It is a valuable framework to have access to and a way to approach problems in new ways. If you want to read more about some of the history and fundamentals of design thinking, please see my previous post on the topic.

The original Library Test Kitchen team from Harvard University and Olin College, LTK@Simmons instructor, Candy Schwartz, and Simmons’ Dean Eileen Abels along with Lynne Howarth and Linda Smith, were invested in producing some sort of synthesis of the LTK@Simmons experience from both the student and instructors perspective. This is how my first article about design thinking came to be and this second article incorporates more direct feedback from students. In addition to these written pieces, everyone came together to help produce a short movie about the Library Test Kitchen course at Simmons. Abels, Schwartz, Howarth and Smith, gave a workshop on teaching design thinking at ALISE 2017. Abels, Howarth and Smith are the leaders of a project dedicated to future-focused LIS education and you can read more about that project at this websiteI am excited to see that LTK@Simmons is being offered again this summer and only wish that I could take it! My friend and fellow SLIS student Lindsay Deal told me she is taking Library Test Kitchen and when I asked why she signed up for this course, she said:

“I am curious about the design aspect of everything, particularly of libraries…I am also interested in the design of organizing space and information in general. I’m in the IS&T (Information Science and Technology) track and I haven’t taken a library centric class yet, so I’m very excited that this course will be more library focused.”

I also asked her if she had heard of design thinking and if she knew what it meant. She answered that she was not too familiar with the concept but when prompted to come up with a definition, she said that it is about “making things, making something better…making things the most optimal that they can be and making the most efficient use of space.” I’m excited to compare and contrast the first iteration of LTK@Simmons to this summer’s upcoming course. But for now, let’s dive deeper into the experience of LTK@Simmons 2016.

Continue reading Design Thinking and Doing Design, part 2

Link Round-Up: April 3-7, 2017

Every Friday, UNBOUND posts links from the past week that relate to the future of libraries and current trends in LIS. April 9 – 15, 2017 is National Library Week and this year’s theme is “Libraries Transform.” Check out ALA’s website for more information. Enjoy!

Blog of the Week: Library of the Future

This blog is run by the ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries. The Center has identified several trends and areas to watch for in the news relating to how libraries will continue to evolve presently and into the future. The weekly “Read for Later” post compiles many different articles, reports, and developments in the greater LIS and tech world. Follow this link to read the blog.

Tech Related:

  1. The Father of the Web is Worried About How Ugly It’s Become via NPR’s All Tech Considered
  2. Knight Prototype Fund Open Call: How Might We Improve the Flow of Accurate Information? via Knight Foundation
  3. Europeana content can be discovered with the Art Up Your Tab Chrome Extension via Europeana


  1. Women’s Media Center “The Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2017”
  2. New Media Consortium Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition 

Public Library related:

  1. Designing The Public Library of the Future via New York Public Radio’s The Takeaway
  2. Boulder Public Library tries to ‘look into the future‘ via DailyCamera

Link Round-Up: March 27 – 31, 2017

Every Friday, UNBOUND will post links from the past week that relate to the future of libraries and current trends in LIS. Enjoy!

Technology related:

  1. Helping Libraries Keep Pace with the Demands of the Digital Age via the Knight Foundation
  2. Why Some American Libraries are Obsessed with Making Viral GIFs via MarketWatch

Online and Digital Initiatives:

  1. NASA Unveils New Searchable Video, Audio and Imagery Library for the Public via PR Newswire
  2. China’s Global Energy Finance Database Now Available from Boston University via LibaryJournal infoDocket
  3. JSTOR Receives $50,000 NEH Grant to Support Research on High-Quality Digitization, Digital Preservation of Arabic-Language Scholarly Journals via JSTOR

Link Round-Up: March 20 – 24, 2017

Every Friday, UNBOUND will post links from the past week that relate to the future of libraries and current trends in LIS. Enjoy!

Technology related:

  1. Dream Job Interrupted: Is the Job of the Future Creating an Unsatisfied Generation? via
  2. 3 Ways Technology Both Widens and Bridges the Generational Divide at Work via

Future of the Library related:

  1. Public discussion has begun on the future of Main Library in South Bend: Expert leads discussion on planning for the future of public libraries via South Bend Tribune
  2. “The Library Has Never Been More Important” Arizona State U plans to invest more than $100 million via Inside Higher Ed

Online & Digitization Initiatives:

  1. NARA & Mellon Foundation Partner to Create Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives via LibraryJournal infoDocket
  2. Gates Foundation announces open-access published venture via
  3. Sounded to Bits: Digital Preservation of U-M Library’s Audio Collections via University of Michigan blog