labs.nypl.org is a product of the New York Public Library Digital Experience Group (formerly the Digital Library Program). We’re broadening our reach from the process of digitizing, describing and presenting online collections to the overall digital experience of NYPL. We will be working to implement the best practices developed over years of building digital collections into processes and tools, while at the same time starting to experiment with new applications and interfaces for the Library community. We are a diverse and creative group who bring librarianship, interface savvy and subject specialty into a happy collision of experimentation, evaluation, development in the library digital space. The people making all this happen—as well as posting blog entries during the process—include:
Jennifer Anderson, user experience designer: responsible for the architecture, navigation, and look and feel of the projects, and is primarily concerned with usability and visual appeal.
Amy Azzarito, digital producer: works with librarians and other staff to create exhibitions, video and blog content.
Jonathan Blanc, digital producer.
Kent Chu, digital producer.
Joe Dalton, senior web developer: works on the Digital Gallery’s interface and search algorithms, explores ways to ensure the “findability” of NYPL digital content on emerging social networks, as well as increasing overall usability and functionality.
Michael Della Bitta, Java consultant: works with our Solr applications and and our Fedora repositories.
Josh Greenberg, Director of Digital Strategy and Scholarship: responsible for leading The New York Public Library’s digital initiative and positioning digital library activities at the core of library operations.
Lee Horowitz: Oracle consultant (and RDF enthusiast), has been working with us since 2001.
Greg Kallenberg, applications developer: develops web applications using a variety of technologies, including Cold Fusion, AJAX, and emerging 2.0 systems.
Kristopher Kelly, data programmer: sometimes called our “chief data wrangler,” works on data organization and presentation for Digital’s metadata team.
Lauren Lampasone, digital producer: works with library staff to develop content for blogs and community information display screens.
Michael Lascarides, user analyst: analysis of audience behavior, demographics, usability and design.
Lynn Lobash, data programmer: works on search and indexing applications, database applications, and XSLT.
Mark A. Matienzo, applications developer: Mark works on projects with archives and manuscript collections; search, indexing, and information retrieval applications; linked data and semantic web projects; and geographic information systems. Mark previously worked as an archivist for the American Institute of Physics and the National Anthropological Archives of the Smithsonian Institution.
Michelle Misner, user experience designer: manages web content, builds databases and RSS feeds, and supports marketing for both NYPL.org and LAIR, our staff intranet.
Chris Mulholland, lead digital producer.
James Murdock: the Digital Experience Group’s a/v producer. He oversees the editing and upload of audio and video content on NYPL’s own Web sites as well as the library’s iTunesU and YouTube pages. Prior to joining the library he was a journalist.
Janet Murray, metadata coordinator: manages the metadata staff, defines schemas, and sets standards and practices that govern Digital’s metadata creation.
Saskia Scheffer, head of our Digital Imaging Unit.
Barbara Taranto, Managing Director, Digital Labs: formerly Director, Digital Library Program; responsible for pushing forward new projects as well as maintaining large digital resources such as the Digital Gallery and National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).
Trevor Thornton, user experience designer.
Ben Vershbow, digital producer: main project focuses include digital book formats/online reading, performing arts collections, and staff blogging. Before joining NYPL, Ben was editorial director of the Institute for the Future of the Book.
Andrew Wilson, digital producer.