Library Labs – A Cross-Sector Accelerator?

I’m fascinated by the  Harvard Library Lab (Aug 30th posting “Harvard Library Lab: Libraries Need Product Development”).  Libraries simply haven’t invested enough in seizing and nurturing ideas from concept to possibility to pilot to people (ie. the people being impacted by the resulting service, program or process).    There’s my soap box for this morning.

So now I’m doubly excited that Stephen has posted a list of library labs (Stephen’s Lighthouse: “Library Innovation Labs & Incubators” — thank you sweetie!!); I had no idea that there were so many, particularly in the academic sector. Excellent. Now, look at the public sector: there are 3. That’s right. Three.

I still think there’s a role for the government agencies supporting libraries, although they are only for the public sector. Plus, what am I saying? Academic sector — public sector — what we need is cross-sector.  The best ideas — the most innovative concepts often come from cross-collaboration. Perhaps the role can be filled by the associations?

Or….she says with a grin — how about an accelerator? ReadWriteWeb reports on a Montreal “accelerator” firm “Year One Labs”.  The brain-child of four guys who describe themselves as being “from the trenches” will guide, mentor, prod and get your concept “out there” to help you develop, pilot, and launch.  yearonelabs.jpg

Imagine this for libraries — a cross-sector accelerator — that doesn’t look at libraries as the ultimate benefiters, but looks at people as the benefiters.

One thought on “Library Labs – A Cross-Sector Accelerator?

  1. Kim Silk

    One of Ontario’s great assets is Knowledge Ontario, among other things for it’s ability to bridge public and academic libraries. Despite fiscal woes at the moment, I wonder if KO could think of themselves as an Innovation Lab, and work towards offering that service/resource, as part of their value-add?


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