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Harvard Library to Host Liberact Workshop

February 21–March 1; speakers will explore use of interactive, gesture-based systems.

 

February 5, 2012—The Harvard Library will host Liberact, a workshop that aims to bring librarians and developers together to discuss and brainstorm interactive, gesture-based systems for library settings and innovative ways to use them.

 

This workshop aims to bring the work of libraries in this area out front, to brainstorm and discuss new functionalities, applications and services around these gesture-based systems and to compile a list of requirements for developers interested in building solutions for the library community.

 

Christopher Erdmann, head librarian of the John G. Wolbach Library (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) and workshop coordinator, noted, “Our goal in the end is to see if libraries can work together to develop gesture-based systems that our patrons will find useful.”

 

In addition to demonstrations of several gesture-based technologies, the workshop will include presentations, brainstorming and discussions. See the full schedule.

 

Workshop sponsors include:

 

Arts and Humanities Research Computing

Cabot Science Library

Harvard College Library

Harvard Library

Harvard Library Lab

Lamont Library

Microsoft Research/Seamless Astronomy

Schlesinger Library

Wolbach Library

 

Attendance to Liberact is free. Please find registration information here and please contact Chris Erdmann with any questions.