Open a GLAM Lab - a book in five days


Today we are very happy to share the launch of the book Open a GLAM Lab !

The book shares the experiences of 16 'Labbers' from across the globe, of which Lotte Wilms was one. She met colleagues from the UK, Australia, the US, Denmark, Austria, Qatar, Spain and Belgium between 23-27 September in Doha, Qatar to collaboratively write the book using the Book Sprints method.

Quote from Open a GLAM Lab

Cultural heritage organisations have historically provided access to and preserve cultural heritage. The shift towards the digital has presented new opportunities for experimentation and innovation. The fast pace of technological developments impacts society and culture worldwide. Some institutions may not be ready for this. This is the world of GLAM Labs. Labs and Lab-style work challenge the traditional approach and use new, existing and emerging technologies to make their collections available in innovative, engaging and unexpected ways. Labs experiment, collaborate, take risks, sometimes fail, and always push boundaries.

Open a GLAM Lab, p. 32

The KB Lab as contributor

Lotte - and the KB Lab - were thrilled to be a part of this project and process and we hope that sharing our experiences of setting up this Lab through the book helps others with the innovation of their GLAM organisation. We wish to thank all sponsors and specifically Mahendra Mahey of the BL Labs for starting the journey towards the publication of this book.


The 16 authors of the book are:

Many thanks to the organisations that were able to sponsor this book sprint, UCL Qatar, Qatar University Library, The British Library and the Library of Congress.