- Harvard College, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Information Science at Simmons College
Started at Harvard in 2011, the Library Test Kitchen is a seminar and community bringing together librarians, students, and designers to explore innovative new programs, services, and spatial strategies for libraries. Participants created wifi-proof booths, study carrels for napping, and digital campfires for charging devices convivially. Over its life, the seminar created a pop-up library lab in a retail storefront space in Harvard Square, visited SXSW, and moved from Harvard to the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College.
Now, it’s forking again, into a cookbook in parts: first, this platform for sharing “recipes” for playful, participatory innovation in libraries; and second, a book, to be published by MIT Press. And you can contribute! Feel free to browse the recipes collected here—and to use them, share them, adapt them, and share back, by contributing recipes of your own!