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Open a GLAM Lab. How to build an innovation lab in a library, museum, archive or gallery?

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glam lab coverOn October 11, 2019 at 16h00 at the Institute of Balkan Studies and Centre of Thracology–BAS, located on Moskovska Street No. 45, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Milena Dobreva, UCL Qatar, will present the first book of its kind:

Open a GLAM Lab
How to build an innovation lab in a library, museum, archive or gallery?

Mass digitization in libraries, museums, archives and galleries in recent decades has two main goals - access to and preservation of cultural heritage. The accumulation of large digital collections makes necessary the presentation of these collections as data to enable the use of intelligent analysis tools. In response to the emergence of this need, a number of libraries, museums and archives have set up specialized physical or virtual glam labs. This practice is still very new globally. In order to outline the experience gained over the past few years a group of specialist from various institutions such as the Library of Congress, the British Library, The National Library of Denmark, the Royal Library of the Netherlands, the Austrian National Library, etc. devoted one week at the end of September 2019 to summarize their experience as a collective book (Mahey et al., 2019).

The writing process itself is groundbreaking in the form of a so-called paper sprint. This will be the premiere of the book in Bulgaria, and the topic of innovation in the library, museum and archive sectors will be addressed in parallel with the question of how digital collections meet the real needs of the researchers in Humanities. The role of electronic infrastructures such as CLaDA-BG and DARIAH in accessing digital content will also be addressed.

The book will be officially circulated electronically at CC0 World Open Access Week.

Mahey, M., Al-Abdulla, A., Ames, S., Bray, P., Candela, G., Chambers, S., Derven, C., Dobreva-McPherson, M., Gasser, K., Karner, S., Kokegei, K., Laursen, D., Potter, A., Straube, A., Wagner, S-C. and Wilms, L., with forewords by: Broady-Preston, J., Landry, P. and Papaioannou, G. (2019) Open a GLAM Lab. Digital Cultural Heritage Innovation Labs, Book Sprint, Doha, Qatar, 23-27 September, 2019.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!


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