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Library Innovation Lab

We’re building things in libraries.


What’s the Library Innovation Lab?

The Library Innovation Lab is a forward-looking group of thinkers and doers working at the intersection of libraries, technology, and law.

Democratizing Open Knowledge

Democratizing Open Knowledge is a three-year program at the Library Innovation Lab to explore the goals articulated in Harvard Library’s Advancing Open Knowledge strategy from a decentralized and generative perspective.

AI Projects

Generative AI offers a defining moment where information archives gain the ability to answer questions about themselves; to act without human intervention; and even to simulate the processes that created them. From our perspective at the lab - where we bring library principles to technological frontiers - anyone who is concerned with information, access, and the law should be aware of and feel empowered to influence the use of generative AIs. We have embarked upon a series of projects in support of that belief.

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OK, I've seen your projects. What’s a sketch?

Before it’s a project it’s a sketch. Sketches are a way to get a handle on an idea and see where it goes. It’s what’s on our mind. Lend a hand if something here interests you, too.

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