Harvard Law Library: judges' comments


  • I enjoyed looking at the paired Harvard projects: the possible adoption of LibraryCloud and open APIs on a larger scale is good and the virtual browser StackLife, built on top of the platform, is novel and interesting.
    – Dame Lynne Brindley, Master of Pembroke College, Oxford

  • “StackLife” is an interesting tool, useful and the open platform is to be encouraged. The idea of incorporating this with other libraries in the cloud could be an interesting development and if done at scale would certainly make the usage data very interesting.
    Richard E. Luce, Associate Vice-President, Professor, and Dean of Libraries, University of Oklahoma

  • “LibraryCloud” together with “StackLife” are both innovative and striking. I hope this development will be reused broadly and further developed in Harvard or together with others and a SPIRL commendation will draw the attention of librarians all over the world towards this great visualization concept and interface development.
    – Elisabeth Niggemann, Generaldirektorin, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek

  • “StackLife” seems to be ingenious and fresh.  I think a scholar would use this if it covered their field and would find it very handy. It's a take-to-the-next-level systems and services we need, to help our users get more value for their buck.  It would be helpful in keeping people in the library space to explore a subject and resources, rather than rummaging around the web with potentially lower quality return.
    – Ann Okerson, Senior Advisor on Electronic Strategies, Center for Research Libraries

  • Harvard's StackLife project reminds me of a very stimulating article by Andrew Abbott about the superiority of physical libraries, precisely because they enable the reader to browse the stacks, to take advantage of serendipity.
    – Bruno Racine, President, Bibliothèque nationale de France